Flint Knoll is named after the famed rolling Flint Hills of Kansas, my home state. Meredith and I are both proud Midwesterner’s who journeyed to Napa independently. Coincidentally, we both shared a passion and love of fine wines and a childhood dream of living in the beautiful state of California. Meredith moved to Napa to pursue her career in Medical Sales and I came here to be the Director of Sales and Marketing at a prestigious winery. We were blessed to meet the old-fashioned way when I hosted Meredith and her friends for a wine tasting. You can say the rest is history- we went on our first date two days later and shortly thereafter, the concept of Flint Knoll emerged.
Our goal is to create the crème de la crème of wine to be enjoyed with family and friends to celebrate life. We have a world-renowned winemaking team with Philippe Melka at the helm, who brings over 30 years of winemaking experience from wineries in Bordeaux, France and Napa Valley, California. We specialize in small production, handcrafted high end wines and source fruit from some of the most coveted vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. Our Flint Knoll customers become our friends and family and drive our passion to craft classical wines from this incredible region we are so fortunate to call home. Flint Knoll is an ode to Kansas and the Midwest. It’s about hard work, pursuing your passion and creating great friendships along the way.
Aaron & Meredith Michaelis
Aaron & Meredith Michaelis, Proprietors
Aaron Michaelis is at the core of Flint Knoll’s concept and hails from Wichita, Kansas. In 2013, Aaron took his passion for wine to the next level and made his journey out to Napa Valley to work in sales, marketing, and product development with boutique wineries and vineyards. In 2016, after years in the making, Aaron’s dream became reality and harvested the first vintage of Flint Knoll.
It was a trip to California in 1999 that had Meredith Michaelis dreaming of one day living on the West Coast. That dream became a reality 10 years later after earning her Master’s degree in Molecular Biology at University of Illinois. She took a sales role with Eli Lilly in Northern California and made Napa her home. Today, Meredith works full time in Veterinary Medical sales and helps Flint Knoll behind the scenes- she loves to show up at early morning picks during harvest, helps us with blending sessions and when her schedule allows, she enjoys sharing our wines with our Flint Knoll friends at dinner events across the country.
Philippe Melka, Winemaker
Like the celebrated wines on which he’s built his reputation, Philippe Melka’s career has been influenced by soil. A native of Bordeaux, Melka grew up intrigued by the intricacies of the land around him. He earned a degree in Geology at the University of Bordeaux and a Master’s degree in Agronomy and Enology.
Melka’s first job out of school was at Château Haut Brion. From there, he took a position with the reputable Moueix Company and was sent to Dominus Estate in Yountville to study soils in 1991. Napa Valley soil proved to be a revelation for Melka. He began dividing time between soil study and winemaking at world renowned wineries Badio O Coltibuono in Chianti and Chittering Estate in Australia. He returned to France in 1993 to deepen his expertise at Chateau Petrus.
Melka has been trained and influenced by some of the most notable personalities in the wine business such as Jean Delmas and Jean Philippe Masclef from Haut-Brion, Christian Moueix and Jean Claude Berrouet from Petrus, Paul Draper from Ridge, Daniel Baron from Silver Oak and the globetrotting wine consultant Michel Rolland with whom he continues to work with on consulting projects.
In 1994, Melka returned to Napa full time and has served as winemaker for some of Napa’s most highly regarded brands.
Maayan Koschitzky, Director of Winemaking
Maayan Koschitzky has amassed an impressive winemaking resume spanning from the vineyards of Israel to Screaming Eagle and Dalla Valle here in the Napa Valley, working alongside some of the top winemakers and among the most coveted terroirs in the world. In 2014 Maayan joined Atelier Melka and he brings a dynamic array of talents to the Melka team. With a background in Engineering and years of experience in both wineries and vineyards, Maayan plays a multifaceted role at Flint Knoll in both winemaking and operations.