Melissa Stackhouse

Melissa Stackhouse

SIMI Winery (Director of Winemaking)

A native of Michigan, Melissa Stackhouse is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Enology in 1998. She worked at several esteemed wineries in Sonoma County and Australia before accepting a wine making position at La Crema, where she spent 10 years, including three as associate winemaker and seven years as winemaker. La Crema produces artisanal Pinot Noir wines. Subsequently, Melissa held the position of Pinot Noir Winemaster for all Jackson Family Wines.

In May 2011, Melissa joined J Vineyards Winery as its Vice President of Winemaking. Her passion for Burgundian style Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays and her wealth of experience in the Russian River Valley was a good match for this winery, located in the Russian River Valley. She left J in 2015 to start her own consulting business, Stackhouse Wine Advisors, LLC. That same year, Melissa joined Clos du Bois as Director of Winemaking and held the same position with Meiomi. In early 2019, she became the Director of Winemaking for Simi, where she has embraced the opportunity to blend, balance and showcase the best fruit from Sonoma County.

In addition to her passion for her work, Melissa is an avid yogi and dedicated mother to her daughter. A curious person with a love of the outdoors, she enjoys hiking and driving through the vineyards in her red 1994 Ford truck, a treasured possession.