Philippe Melka was born, educated and trained in Bordeaux.  He worked at some amazing Chateaux, including Petrus and Haut-Brion.  We have been fortunate to have Philippe working side-by-side with us at Parallel Napa Valley as our Principal Winemaker since our founding year in 1999, and are excited to be celebrating 25 years together in 2024!

Philippe's touch is clearly evident in the wines he makes, although he believes in strictly noninterventionist winemaking, designed to let the fruit produced by a great vineyard - not the art of the winemaker - shine through. "I don't use any tricks," Philippe says.

Despite his high-profile status, Philippe is humble about his many accomplishments. With a wonderful mix of humor and dedication, he applies his skills to every aspect of producing Parallel Wines. Philippe’s credentials are staggering, but what continues to be most impressive to us is the man himself.  His blend of hard work, integrity, affability, loyalty, joie de vie, and commitment to friends and family, surpass his terrific skill in blending wines.  Thank you, Philippe!

Vineyards, Terroir, Heart and Soul

In conjunction with Philippe, Parallel Wines has carefully selected its fruit source vineyards. The foundation in any vineyard is matching the soil type to the vine.  When the soil, microclimate, rootstocks, clones and farming practices are in concert the vineyard will yield the best that it can offer. At the end of the day, we are able to carefully select the barrels for blending and for achieving the best possible Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines. We have been fortunate indeed, with these select vineyards providing a symphony of focused layers of different flavors in the wine. Now add the wonderful vineyard managers, our philosophy and a truly gifted winemaker.

We commonly think of terroir as the soil and the microclimate of a particular vineyard, which gives the fruit its identifiable character, a consistency and sense of the place, year after year. The people just as powerfully define terroir. Parallel Wines is made up of its passionately-involved partners, one of the world's most dedicated and skilled winemakers, and some of Napa Valley's most experienced and talented vineyard managers and farmers.