WINEMAKER MELISSA STACKHOUSE
“Health, family, food and wine – all at the same time” is how Melissa Stackhouse, Clos du Bois Director of Winemaking, describes her idea of perfect happiness, and it is clear that winemaking for her is much more than a job. With a passion for the artistry behind winemaking coupled with an appreciation of a balanced lifestyle, Melissa brings a unique vision and spirit to her role at Clos du Bois.
With as much zeal and enthusiasm as when she first started out in the industry, Melissa aspires to create wines that are meant to be enjoyed while laughing and sharing a delicious meal with friends and family. While laidback and easygoing by nature, Melissa has an extensive and impressive background at some of California's top wineries, including La Crema, J Vineyards & Winery and Jackson Family Wines.
Prior to earning her Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis, Melissa tried her hand at everything from working at a local newspaper and pottery studio to organic farming in New Zealand before discovering her passion for winemaking while wine tasting with friends. Her “aha moment” came when she realized that a career in winemaking combined her love of agriculture and science with her desire for creative expression through the production of each vintage. “It is rare that you find a career that involves working with the earth and also requires a level of creativity and artistry. This unique combination is what drew me to winemaking,” says Melissa.
An avid yogi and mother to a toddler, Melissa spends her down time practicing yoga and spending as much time as possible with her daughter. Melissa takes full advantage of the beautiful Sonoma County landscape and can often be spotted enjoying the coastal beaches, hiking with her Corgi ‘Scout’ and driving her most treasured possession, a red 1994 Ford F-150 truck, through the vineyards. A proponent of a balanced lifestyle, Melissa “chooses wine over carbs!” and enjoys winding down with a glass of Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc.
Always looking to challenge herself as a winemaker, Melissa is excited to be working with some of Sonoma and Alexander Valley’s best fruit, continuing Clos du Bois’ dedication to creating wines that are the ultimate expression of French winemaking under the California sun.