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A brief history

Lail Vineyards traces its Napa Valley roots back five generations to the founding of Inglenook in 1879 by Captain Gustav Niebaum, great-granduncle of Robin Daniel Lail. The venture carries forward the stories and patina of 142 years of winemaking into the 21st Century. Today, the Lail family continues the quest to produce Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc of extraordinary elegance and brilliance.
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Established in 1995

P.O. Box 249
United States, California


Meet The Team

  • Philippe Melka

    On a whim, Philippe took a wine course in his final year of study at the University of Bordeaux while completing a geology degree – a moment that changed the trajectory of his life. He began his journey at Château Haut Brion where his passion for Cabernet-based blends and Sauvignon Blanc began and completed a Masters program in Agronomy and Enology. He was intrigued by the relationship between soil and wine quality, a fascination that continues today.

    Yearning to learn more, he set out for Napa Valley (Dominus Estate), Western Australia (Chittering Estate), Chianti in Italy (Badia a Coltibuono) and Bordeaux (Chateau Petrus) where he divided his time between soil study and winemaking. From the great diversity of terroirs he studied, Napa Valley revealed itself to have the most exciting potential for extraordinary wine.

    Trained and influenced by some of the most notable personalities in the wine business, Philippe has devoted the past 19 years to winemaking here in Napa Valley – getting his start as a consultant with Lail Vineyards at its inception. Being recently named one of the top nine wine consultants in the world by Robert Parker underscores his truly remarkable gift in a career that has only just begun.

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  • Maayan Koschitzky

    Maayan Koschitzky has amassed an impressive winemaking resume spanning from the vineyards of Israel to some of the best producers in the Napa Valley, working alongside some of the top winemakers and among the most coveted terroirs in the world. When Maayan joined Atelier Melka and the Lail Vineyards winemaking team in 2014, he brought a dynamic array of talents. With a background in engineering and years of experience in both wineries and vineyards, Maayan plays a multifaceted role as Director of Winemaking overlooking all vineyards and winemaking activities for Atelier Melka.

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