In 2020, Kristy Melton became the eighth winemaker in Freemark Abbey’s more than 130-year history and its second female winemaker since Josephine Tychson in 1886. With nearly two decades of winemaking experience, Kristy has built a reputation for crafting wines of structure, finesse, and age-worthiness.
Today, Kristy Melton continues the forward-thinking vision of Freemark Abbey while preserving its commitment to classically structured wines. Her approach to change is gradual and methodical with deference to history. “Nature does not stand still and neither does our winemaking,” she says. “There’s a sense of timelessness in what the Freemark Abbey name stands for, but we must constantly be learning and that’s where I find the greatest inspiration. There’s always room to push the boundaries, and experimentation is at the heart and soul of winemaking.” Kristy is credited with introducing malolactic fermentation to Freemark Abbey’s Chardonnay program and for continuing to push Freemark Abbey’s acclaim to new heights.