Situated amongst the beautiful rolling hills of Western Santa Ynez Valley, Melville is dedicated to producing exceptional cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah grown exclusively in their estate vineyards throughout the Sta. Rita Hills appellation.
Founded in 1989, Melville is a family-owned and operated estate winery with its roots in Sonoma County's Knights Valley, where Ron Melville grew high-quality and greatly sought-after grapes. In 1996, Melville desire to grow cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah brought Melville Vineyards to 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.
The Melville winery in the Santa Rita Hills off Highway 246 opened a tasting room in Santa Barbara' Funk ZOne in 2018. The new location is on the property of the Californian Hotel. The doors open to the walkway one block up from the beach in a location visited by thousands of tourists and locals weekly. Operating the tasting room is a balance between the estate winery in the prestigious Santa Rita Hills and the bustling Funk Zone area of lower Santa Barbara. The tasting room is also a wine lounge with relaxing furniture and multiple pictures of the vineyard on the walls. Members of Melville's wine club in Santa Barbara will find it convenient to pick up their bottles without going to the winery directly or having them shipped.