Philippe Melka is one of the wine world’s most distinguished winemakers. He grew up in Bordeaux where he began studying wine his last year at the University of Bordeaux. Because of his lifelong fascination with the interplay of soils and wine quality Philippe pursued a Master’s degree in Agronomy and Enology . He has worked at Dominus in Napa Valley, Badia a Coltibuono in Chianti, Chittering Estate in Australia and Chateau Petrus in Bordeaux. Philippe has been based in the Napa Valley for the last fifteen years, and joined Davis Estates in 2011 as our consulting winemaker for our prestigious Phase V.