30 winemakers under 40 to watch (part two)

16. Kristy Melton (33) 

A self-styled science geek with a degree in animal science, Melton swapped beakers for barrels after a family trip to the Napa Valley opened her eyes to the world of wine. Enrolling at the prestigious UC Davis in California, she graduated with an oenology degree in 2007, joining Clos du Val as assistant winemaker in 2010 after a placement at Seresin Estate in Marlborough and a stint at Saintsbury in Carneros making Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.

In just two years, Melton worked her way up to the role of winemaker at Clos du Val, making history as the estate’s first female winemaker. Using modern techniques, Melton makes wines across the entire Clos du Val range, from entry level to small lot offerings.

One Response to “30 winemakers under 40 to watch (part two)”

  1. john Rogers says:

    One of the most arrogant winemakers around! Boring High and mighty attitude from someone born into it rather than working for it!

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