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Clos Du Val Announces Promotion of Kristy Melton to Senior Winemaker

Posted on April 05, 2013

Adam Torpy, CEO of Goelet Wine Estates (GWE), the global family-owned wine company whose holdings include Napa Valley’s Clos Du Val Winery, the Languedoc’s Domaine de Nizas and Australia’s Taltarni Vineyards, announced today the promotion of current Clos Du Val winemaker, Kristy Melton, to the role of senior winemaker in charge of all winemaking and cellar operations.

Melton joined Clos Du Val as assistant winemaker in 2010 after having held key enology and winemaking positions at several high profile wineries including Saintsbury where, in addition to her research and analysis responsibilities, she further honed her winemaking talents working with their famed Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay programs. She also held coveted intern positions at Sonoma’s Iron Horse Vineyards and Seresin Estate in Marlborough, New Zealand.

In January 2012, Melton was promoted to winemaker charged with the enhancement of all Clos Du Val’s balanced and elegant style, the modernization of the iconic winery’s cellar protocols and the refinement of its winemaking operations. In her new role as senior winemaker, Melton will continue to lead and augment these efforts while leveraging her demonstrated leadership and winemaking skills to further Clos Du Val’s on-going revival.

“This promotion is a reflection of the appreciation we have for the tremendous impact Kristy has had on our wines and our cellar operations,” commented GWE CEO, Adam Torpy. “We could not be more confident in her appointment to this role and look forward to the great things she’ll continue to bring to Clos Du Val.”

For her part, Melton remains passionate in her desire to craft modern wines of balance and elegance with a distinctly ‘Clos Du Val’ spin.

“My intention is to continue the highly subtle and wholly natural enhancement in the evolution of our portfolio rather than a revolution of any sort,” Melton said. “We will never abandon our basic principles of elegance and balance but we will seek to make our wines in a style slightly more approachable for today’s wine drinkers. I believe we can do both exceptionally well.”

About Clos Du Val

Clos Du Val, French for “small vineyard estate of a small valley,” was founded in 1972 in the now legendary Stags Leap District by American entrepreneur John Goelet. After a worldwide search to purchase vineyard properties from which to craft world-class wines, 150 acres in Stags Leap and 180 acres in Carneros were chosen, solidifying Clos Du Val’s iconic stature and formidable place in Napa Valley history.

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Region: Napa & Sonoma
Job Function: Winemaking

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