Melville Family Vineyards
Ron Melville, a businessman, and the founder of Melville Vineyards, grew up with a love of gardening, a passion he shared with his father. Ron also developed a love of good wine and began collecting it during college. While he pursued a successful career in finance as a member of the Pacific Stock Exchange, he knew his love of gardening and wine would keep alive his dream to develop his own vineyard. Melville Vineyards is the realization of Ron's Dream.
Since 1987, Ron has devoted his time studying viticulture and growing high quality grapes, first in Sonoma County's Knight's Valley and now in western Santa Ynez Valley. In Knights Valley, Ron successfully grew Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This fruit made it into the reserve programs of Geyser Peak Winery and Dry Creek Vineyards and into Chateau St. Jean wine production.
Ron's passion for Burgundian wines brought him to Lompoc, located in western Santa Ynez Valley, within the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. In 1996, he developed 82 acres of vineyards in Lompoc where he heavily planted 14 different clones of Pinot Noir and 4 different clones of Chardonnay. Ron also included plantings of Rhone varietals, Syrah and Viognier. This grape production has made it into the winemaking programs of top winemakers in Santa Barbara County from Bonaccorsi Wine Co., Brewer-Clifton, Jaffurs Wine Cellars to Whitcraft Winery.
Approximately fourteen years ago, he purchased 100 acres in Cat Canyon which he named Verna's Vineyard, 2 miles North of Los Alamos in Santa Barbara County, for vineyard development. Cat Canyon is primarily dedicated to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah production. The shared enthusiasm of Ron's sons, Brent and Chad Melville, and winemaker Greg Brewer have sparked a family project -- the future success of Melville Winery.
Greg Brewer - Winemaker
A French teacher, consultant, musician and winemaker - Greg Brewer. This modern renaissance man brings extensive experience and talent in winemaking to Melville Vineyards& Winery. Before joining Melville, Greg was assistant winemaker to Bruce McGuire at Santa Barbara Winery. While at Santa Barbara Winery, he served as a board member to the Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association. Greg was also the winemaker and general manager at Sunstone Vineyards and Winery.
Among his most impressive works in winemaking is the creation of Brewer-Clifton Wines. The Brewer-Clifton label was the result of a passion for Burgundian wines shared by close friends - Greg and Carrie Brewer, and Steve Clifton. Together, they have vinified top-rated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County. When not winemaking or hosting occasional winemaker dinners, Greg shares his passion with others by presenting lectures on viticulture and oenology. His philosophy for making fine wine is that it begins in the terroir of a vineyard. The 1997 Brewer-Clifton Sweeney Canyon Chardonnay and the 1997 Brewer-Clifton Santa Maria Hills Pinot Noir support the success behind Greg's philosophy. Greg was featured in Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the "Winemakers to Watch in the 21st Century." and highlighted recently in Wine Spectator magazine in July 2003 and September 2003.