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 hired one of Napa Valley’s up and coming most skilled & artistic wine makers, Andy Jones. We source fruit from some of the most highly coveted vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. Our wines are made at a state-of-the-art custom crush facility, Mending Wall. We strive for excellence from start to finish. 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 Michaelis, Proprietor
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.
Andy Jones, Winemaker
Originally from Jackson, Wyoming, Andy moved to the Bay Area to attend culinary school. His career in Napa Valley began at Solage Resort in Calistoga as the assistant food and beverage manager. But, he was soon to meet Thomas Rivers Brown, who inspired him to make the jump to winemaking. Andy spent 10 years as Brown’s assistant winemaker. He focusses his winemaking on Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Sonoma, as well as Rhône varietals for his personal label.
Andy believes in a hands off winemaking approach letting the vineyard speak for itself – Describing his winemaking style as simply pulling the very best from each site, vintage by vintage.