Cherie Melka

For as long as I can remember, I've had an interest in winemaking. Once I earned my microbiology degree at Northern Arizona University, I pursued that interest in the vineyard country of northern California,
where it became my passion.

For five years, I ran the laboratory at Ridge Vineyards, working under the direction of legendary winemaker Paul Draper. During this time, I met Philippe. We fell in love and moved to France shortly thereafter. While there, I earned a certificate from the University of Bordeaux III.

Upon our return to California, I worked with Beaulieu Vineyards in Quality Control, then moved on to Silver Oak Cellars as Laboratory Manager. But I longed to be more involved in wine production. About this time,
I began to appreciate the fact that Philippe wasn't just making wine, he was crafting it. And so, following my passion, I decided to dedicate my time solely to Melka Wines.

Today, I enjoy running Melka's operations and working with Philippe in all facets of winemaking.

Cherie Melka