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Melville Vineyards Video Tour

Melville Vineyards

5185 East Hwy 246
Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 684-3908

Tasting:   Open daily 11-4 pm
$10 fee with souvenir wine glass
10% case discount
Price Range:   $20 to $30 per bottle
Established:   1997
Vineyards:   150 acres
  24,000 cases

Melville Vineyards Description

As you turn off Highway 246 a shared driveway leads you to the mustard-colored Mediterranean-style home of Melville Vineyards. The beautiful landscape comprised of lavender, lush green lawns, poplar, oak and sycamore trees surrounds the impressive tasting room and its oval veranda.

Once inside, visitors are welcomed by tile floors, oriental rugs and an attractive fireplace. The tasting bar has comfortable wooden bar stools, while the veranda has cushioned wrought-iron tables and chairs. The adjacent vineyard, located within the cool Santa Rita Hills Appellation, is planted in tightly spaced rows
(8’ by 3’), allowing for over 1,800 vines per acre. This method of stressing the vines limits the amount of grapes produced per vine, but encourages heightened flavor intensity.

The vineyard has many clones of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah planted, and ferments them in small lots to maintain their distinctive characteristics. This laborious process allows for small-lot bottling of unique wines that are sold mainly through the tasting room. The estate wines are distributed both nationally and internationally. Wines produced include Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir and Syrah.

Melville Vineyards Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Off the Beaten Path
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Pinot Noir
Picnic Sites
Event Space
Gift Shop
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Melville Vineyards Reviews

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Better than Babcock
dr dave,
The pourer was a retired gentlemen working two days a month but seemed to have intimated knowledge of the winery. We had just come down the hill from Babcock somewhat disappointed in our experience there. The wines do Melville stood out much more. We purchased several and joined the club. I will re-review after I have a chance to taste the wines and reflect with more opportunity to truly taste the wine.

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Eagle12, Chicago
The first stop of our 2nd day of Harvest Weekend is here at Melville, all I can say is both the winery and the wines are even better than I remember. The grounds are decorated for fall and the tasting room is packed. The chef is stocking a large table of desserts, cheeses and appetizers that are freshly made. They have clonal and small lot tastings released for the harvest celebration. Our server Alvin, is keeping up with the pace. We purchase the six pack box of the clonal series wines, also the 08 Verna's Syrah and Pinot and the 08 Estate Pinot. A must stop and one of our favorites.

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Not impressed
simplywine, Brea
Melville has a wonderful atmosphere, very serene outdoors and the tasting room is small but very stylish. I was not overly impressed with the wine that was being poured mostly due to the fact that it was not ready to drink. If we had known about their young wine prior to paying the tasting fee, we would have walked away and visited other wineries on our list. In addition, there was no room for us at the tasting bar due to a large tour group (Large tour + small tasting bar = sub-par experience). I am not advising others not to visit as these situations will not always be the case, however I won't be back anytime soon.

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Worth a Look
Divine Wine, Burbank
Very nice grounds, impeccable to be precise. The Syrah and Viognier are advertised for their definitive characteristics and I found this to be accurate. Do visit if you have a chance.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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