When you’re a wine writer, or awine lover for that matter, September’s fast approach means something… Fall is here. Really, it means, harvest is here in the winemaking world. As September/Harvest approaches, I want to share my excitement for the upcoming Santa Barbara Fall Harvest Weekend (read more here) and a few of the festivities that surround this weekend. Last year, I attended the Santa Barbara Fall Harvest weekend, read more here. During this weekend, I had the pleasure of spending some time at a winery that I have gotten to know and adore over the years of my Santa Barbara Wine Country visits which is Melville Winery & Vineyards.
Located in Buellton, Melville Winery is a Santa Barbara gem that makes some of the most lovely, small batch, vineyard and AVA specific wines in the Sta Rita Hills region. Last fall, during the Santa Barbara Fall Harvest weekend, I attended Melville Winery’s Wine Club Dinner. This was truly a treat. See more about this intimate, wine club dinner hosted by the Melville Family below…
About Melville Winery
Melville Winery is dedicated to producing exceptional cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah grown exclusively in their estate vineyards throughout the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Melville Winery started in 1996 with founder Ron Melville’s desire to grow cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. This led to him purchasing Melville Vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills, located in the Western Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County. Today, Ron and his son, Chad Melville, uphold Melville’s tradition as one of the most highly-regarded estates in California.
Views of the Melville Winery Fall Harvest BBQ. Such a beautiful setting at the winery’s front lawn. This was an evening for Melville Wine Club members, family, and friends.
Our hosts, Melville Founder Ron Mellville and his son and Co-Founder, Winemaker Chad Melville.
What a blast being hosted by the Melville family. A huge thanks for having me to this intimate Fall Harvest celebration. It was such a treat getting to know your family better and experiencing all of your delicious wines- especially the vintages which date back to the early 2000’s. I look forward to seeing you all again this fall in Santa Barbara!
The lineup of 2003 & 2005 Melville Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Wines. Beyond lovely!
What a view, the culinary team preparing dinner on the BBQ with these picturesque vineyard views.
Enjoying a Melville Winery Pinot Noir tasting of 2004, 2006, and 2008 with various Pinto Noir clones. Amazing! This is my kind of dream BBQ.
The picturesque setting with beautiful vineyard views and this beautiful table setting.
A special thank you to Ron and Chad Melville for hosting me to this Fall Harvest BBQ. I look forward to seeing the Melville team again this September during my Santa Barbara Fall Harvest weekend.