Atelier Melka is a distinctive wine consulting company specializing in small production, handcrafted high end wines - working collaboratively with the owners of family wineries who are dedicated to producing world-class wines.

What we offer

Evaluation of real estate.

Vineyard expertise and recommendation on plantings (density of plantation, varietals, rootstocks, clones…)

Soil expertise.

Helping to create strong business plan.

Searching of grape sources.

Help on hiring assistants and production.

Winemaking: from grapes to bottling-establishment of a successful winemaking style.

Establishing relationships with wines writers.


Team

Philippe Melka / Founder

Philippe Melka / Founder

Philippe brings over 30 years of winemaking experience from renowned Chateaux and Wineries mostly located in Bordeaux, France and Napa Valley, United States.

 


Maayan Koschitzky / Director of winemaking

Maayan Koschitzky / Director of winemaking

Maayan has amassed an impressive winemaking resume spanning from the vineyards of Israel to Screaming Eagle and Dalla Valle here in the Napa Valley,Working alongside some of the top winemakers and among the most coveted terroirs in the world. In 2014 Maayan Joined Atelier Melka, He brings a dynamic array of talents to the Melka team. With a background in Engineering and years of experience in both wineries and vineyards, Maayan plays a multifaceted role at Atelier Melka involved not only in winemaking and operations but design and implementation of winery development for clients.

 


Tori Cusick / Associate Winemaker

Tori Cusick / Associate Winemaker

After graduating from UC Davis with a degree in Viticulture & Enology in 2013, Tori spent more than five years as the right-hand to one of Napa Valley's top winemaking consultants working with some of the most renowned and highly coveted parcels in the world. Pulling from her formal training, robust experience, and expansive knowledge of ultra-premium wine production, Tori joined the Atelier Melka team in 2019 to oversee winemaking operations in all facets from vineyard to bottle.

 


Marnie McDowell / Assistant Winemaker

Marnie McDowell / Assistant Winemaker

Marnie graduated from UC Davis in 2015 with a degree in Viticulture and Enology. She worked harvest in the Sierra Foothills and Napa California before going across the pacific to New Zealand. After working harvest abroad she found a home in Napa Valley. Marnie worked for 5 years in production at some of Napa’s premier wineries on Howell Mountain and in the Stags Leap District. There she learned how to make world class wines with a sense of place and passion. She was able to grow and hone her skills on the production team before joining the Melka team in 2021. Marnie is incredibly excited to be a part of the team making some of the best wines in the world.

 


 

Matt Ward / Assistant Winemaker

Matt Ward / Associate Winemaker

Born and raised in the midwest, Matt followed his dream of making wine to northern California in 2010. New to the area and with no place to call home, he set out to learn everything there was to learn about winemaking. He found fertile ground in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley and was able to grow his skill set as he rose through the production ranks. Seeking to understand wine down to its core, he pursued his graduate studies in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. Since receiving his degree, he has had the privilege of working with some of the most renowned vineyards in the world. While thoroughly versed in all aspects of wine production, Matt truly believes the best wines are nurtured in the vineyard. He is ecstatic to be part of the Atelier Melka family and looks forward to helping Philippe shepherd world class grapes into world class wines.

 


 

Kelly Woods / Associate Winemaker

Kelly Woods / Associate Winemaker

After receiving her Bachelors of Science in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis in 2006, Kelly moved to the Napa Valley and began her career as a winemaker. Working her way up from harvest intern, to enologist, to winemaker and general manager, she’s had her hands in all aspects of wine production and winery operations. With experience at smaller, family owned wineries as well as larger, corporately structured facilities, her wealth of knowledge and ability to adapt to various situations while remaining team oriented is apparent. Specializing in producing elegant, refined, terroir driven Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, Kelly is also passionate about crafting intriguing red blends and aromatic white wines. She’s excited to be an integral part of the Atelier Melka winemaking team.