Winemaker, Varozza Vineyards
Consulting winemaker Kristy Melton's career in began as a cancer research scientist at the prestigious National Institutes of Health in Washington DC before a family to Napa Valley inspired her to trade in her beakers for barrels in 2004.
A year later, Melton was enrolled at the University of California at Davis where she earned her MS in Viticulture and Enology in 2007. She joined Varozza Vineyards as consulting Winemaker in July of 2010 after having held several key enology and winemaking positions at high profile wineries including Saintsbury where, in addition to her research and analysis responsibilities, she contributed her winemaking talents to their famed Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay programs. She has also held coveted intern positions at Sonoma's Iron Horse Vineyards and Seresin Estate in Marlborough, New Zealand.
Kristy lends her considerable talent and passion to Varozza Vineyards as a labor of love for both Jack and Dianna and the land they farm. Recently named among the 'Top 40 Under 40' Tastemakers by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and one of the Drinks Business' Top 30 Under 40 Winemakers in the World, Kristy's intelligent yet artistic approach to winemaking provides a graceful touch to Varozza's elegant wines.
Country born: United States
Education: University of California at Davis where she earned her MS in Viticulture and Enology in 2007.
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years
Honors / Awards:
Named one of Wine Enthusiast's Top 40 under 40 Tastemakers in the Wine Industry; Named top 30 under 40 Winemakers in the World by Drink Business.
Finding the perfect confluence of art, science and nature to create honest wines of indisputable balance and expression.