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About us


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

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PHILIPPE MELKA/FOUNDER

Philippe brings over 15 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 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.

 

 

MEGHAN ZOBECK: ASSociate WINEMAKER

Meghan left a successful career in the NFL negotiating player contracts for the Denver Broncos in order to follow her passion for winemaking. She spent her first harvest working in the cellar at biodynamic winery, Clos Apalta in the Colchagua Valley, Chile and never looked back. She went on to work for a small, family-owned, organic winery named Iuli in Piedmont, followed by Chateau Bon Pasteur and Fontenil in Bordeaux and Bethany Winery in the Barossa Valley before heading to California. Here in the Napa Valley, Meghan worked for legendary establishments Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Screaming Eagle before joining Atelier Melka in January 2015. She brings a dynamic set of skills to the Melka team that helps cultivate the world-class reputation of our clients. Meghan has found a love for the Napa Valley and is inspired to make wines that capture the essence of its greatest terroirs.

 

 

MARIE LAURE AMMONS: ASSISTANT WINEMAKER

Marie-Laure was born and raised in rural Limousin region in France. Surrounded by an agricultural community, she was drawn to the connection between the seasons and harvest. Her interest brought her to study at universities in Burgundy and Bordeaux, where she obtained winemaking diplomas. She moved to Napa Valley to build on her experience in France. She quickly became enveloped with the energy and quality wine making potential in the region. In 2003, Marie-Laure joined the Melka team, and since has been utilizing hands-on experience with some of the most notable wineries in the Napa Valley.

 

 

Matt Ward: ASSISTANT 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.