If you look at a map of Pritchard Hill, this property is literally right in the middle of Colgin, Ovid, and Continuum. We’re real lucky to have ended up here. Greg Melanson

This Pritchard Hill area is one of Napa Valley’s great sites for big-boned, dense, very complex Cabernet Sauvignons. Greg Melanson’s vineyard is very steep with rows running up and down the hill directly across from the Colgin winery and vineyard. Its rocky face looks down at Napa Valley’s floor. Like many of the best sites on Pritchard Hill, its higher elevation and afternoon breezes coming from the Pacific cool the vineyard in the warm afternoons. Ideal real estate for world-class Cabernet.

The mountain site is rugged, its Sobrante loam soil studded with volcanic rock. At an average elevation of 1,200 feet, the vineyard sits above the fog line and benefits from maximum sun exposure all day.

Melanson Vineyard Map
appellationNapa Valley, on Pritchard Hill
soilSobrante loam, a clay loam mix, fractured volcanic material, and large volcanic rocks
climateWarm days due to distinct southern and western exposures, moderated by Lake Hennessey
topographyMountain hillside vineyard with elevations from 1163 to 1215 feet
vines10.5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon clones 7 and 337, established in 1988

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At TOR, vineyards are the heart and soul of what makes wine so fascinating, absorbing, and challenging. It gives us a rush each year to work with the extraordinary vineyards in our portfolio. We feel very lucky and grateful for our vineyard partners—Beckstoffer To Kalon, Beckstoffer Dr. Crane, Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard, Tierra Roja, Melanson, Hyde, and Beresini.