Los Carneros AVA
A true family affair, Poundstone Winery stays true to their farming roots and their connection, not only to the land, but also to each other
Founded in 2013, Poundstone Winery is a family owned and operated winery focused on crafting small lot wines from the Carneros region of Sonoma and Napa Valley. Melody Meckfessel, the proprietress behind Poundstone, is dedicated to seeking out the highest quality, sustainably grown grapes from these regions and making wines that honor the land’s terroir. Carneros’ cool climate is ideal for growing world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which Poundstone offers in very limited quantities.
Although Poundstone Winery is relatively new, farming roots run deep for founder Melody Meckfessel. Growing up on a ranch in Northern California, she learned to farm and get her hands dirty from a young age. In fact, she learned how to drive a tractor before she could legally drive! Melody’s grandmother, Jessie Doris Poundstone, was an instrumental figure in her life, running the family ranch and modeling the way to be a strong, nurturing leader, thus shaping Melody into the woman she is today - and providing the inspiration for Poundstone Winery. Farming instilled in Melody a deep love of the land, as well as the importance of hard work and having integrity in her product, work, and family. These are values she holds close to her heart and that represent the core of Poundstone Winery.
Yearning to create the next generation of farming, Melody purchased four acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines in Sonoma in 2007, and made her first wine the following year. This marked the beginning of a new family business in the wine industry. When Melody started making wine, she sought out a collaborator and partner and teamed up with winemaker Bruce Devlin. Bruce has been a mentor, friend, and critical part of Poundstone’s success. His winemaking experience includes stints at Lagier-Meredith, Geyser Peak Winery, and Ballentine Vineyards, in addition to notable estates abroad in Germany, South Africa and Australia. Bruce also owns and operates Three Clicks Wines with his wife, Danielle Cyrot. He enjoys making authentic wines that allow the fruit and earth to shine through.
Melody is also joined by her brother, Bryan Mann, and his wife Cristen. Together, they oversee the sales and marketing for Poundstone Winery and they are committed to building strong customer relationships. The family collaborates and partners on all aspects of Poundstone Winery, always staying true to their farming roots and their connection, not only to the land, but also to each other. We hope our Garagiste Wine of the Month Club members enjoy this bottling of Poundstone Chardonnay, from an up-and-coming gem worthy of your attention. Cheers!