The eleven acre parcel situated in the heart of St. Helena was purchased in 2011. The site seemed the ideal location to combine home, lifestyle and business all in one. The two acre Cabernet sauvignon vineyard was a big draw and now represents Metisse Montbleau Vineyard.
The hillside seemed the ideal place to situate the Melka’s residence which is a pre-fabricated modular home with spectacular views of the valley. A large outdoor patio area is ideal for entertaining and also includes a cave theater dug into the hillside to indulge the avid movie lovers that the Melkas are.
The second estate property is the 25 acre parcel located in Knights Valley at the border of Napa and Sonoma valleys. The land was purchased in 2001 and was named as an homage to Philippe’s parents. Mekerra is a magical place high in elevation and planted to Cabernet franc, Merlot, Sauvignon blanc and Chardonnay. The fruit from this Estate is produced at the winery located in St. Helena. Plans for a small, one room pre-fabricated building to host visitors are in process.