Antica Napa Valley has announced the hiring of Melissa Apter as enologist. Apter will assist Nate Weis, Antica’s winemaker, in day-to-day winemaking activities and laboratory analysis at the Antinori family’s estate in the Atlas Peak AVA of Napa Valley.
“Antica Napa Valley is a growing, thriving Napa Valley wine producer,” said estate manager Glenn Salva. “We are thrilled to have Melissa join us and assist our winemaking team in achieving the goal of making continuously better wines reflective of the diversity of our 550-acre estate.”
Apter joins Antica Napa Valley after having spent the 2012 vintage as a recipient of the prestigious UC Davis Antinori Scholarship, which afforded her the opportunity to work at the Antinori family’s Tignanello estate, where the two iconic wines of Solaia and Tignanello are produced. She worked with the staff at Tignanello on both the grape and olive harvests and with Antinori’s research team on various projects throughout Tuscany during her time there.
Originally from Benicia, Apter received a BS in viticulture and enology from UC Davis in 2011. Prior to joining Antinori, she had spent time in South Australia with Torbreck Vintners, at Rominger West Winery in Davis, California, and assisting in sales at both Saddleback Cellars in Oakville and Sullivan Vineyards in Rutherford, both located in the Napa Valley.
Antica Napa Valley is a 550-acre vineyard estate in the eastern mountains of the Napa Valley. Owned by the Antinori family since 1993, Antica released its first wines to the market in 2007. The estate is focused on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, but also produces wines from Sangiovese, Pinot noir, Syrah, and other Bordeaux varieties. Antica is a symbol for Antinori California, and represents the realization of a long-standing desire to produce great Antinori Family wines in the Napa Valley.