About Lucky Dogg Winery
Our Solvang tasting room opened its doors mid-summer 2014, and has since been welcoming guests with our first five estate vineyard wines in bottle – the Lucky Dogg 2013 Viognier, 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir, 2013 Pinot Noir, 2013 Syrah and 2013 Reserve Syrah – all derived from grapes grown in Cat Canyon’s Verna’s Vineyard, right here in Santa Barbara Wine Country.
Lucky Dogg Winery is owned by Winemaker/President, Brent Melville. Our farming and winemaking philosophy revolves around the notion that perfect fruit will require little-to-no manipulation in the winemaking process.
Our wines are barreled in neutral oak or kept in stainless steel tanks, allowing the essence of the vineyard and the purity of the grapes – and of the wines – to shine. We currently produce about 750 cases, and aim to maintain a boutique winery status with an eventual total of about 1,500 cases.
Verna’s Vineyard has an outstanding reputation for producing Burgundian and Northern Rhone-style Santa Barbara County wines, and Brent plans to release a stainless steel Chardonnay to accompany the label’s existing Viognier, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir and Syrah – the other varietals planted at Verna’s Vineyard.
Lucky Dogg's name is twofold. It refers to Brent's "lucky streak" in being able to farm such amazing locations, grow grapes and make wine - and play a good golf game! Also, Brent’s family recently adopted a rescued White Shepherd, aptly named “Lucky”. Lucky was the inspiration for Lucky Dogg's Solvang tasting room, which is decidedly dog-friendly.
We want to share the good karma of our grapes with others, through the resulting wines that we produce. Visit our dog- and kid-friendly tasting room at 1607 Mission Drive, Suite 102 (at the corner of Mission Drive and Atterdag Road) in Solvang.
Brent Melville, Owner/Winemaker/President
Brent has a deep-rooted history in the wine industry, having managed farming operations for his family’s vineyards for the past 25 years. Brent’s first foray into vineyard management came in 1989, when his family purchased a vineyard in Calistoga, California, that would become the original Melville Vineyards. Brent worked grape harvests in that vineyard from 1989 through 1995, moving on to the family’s new vineyard purchase, 40 acres in Lompoc, which they acquired in 1996. In 1997, the family bought an adjacent, 55-acre parcel of land, now the existing Melville Vineyards and Winery, in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.
Brent continued to manage the vineyard operations for Lompoc’s Melville Vineyards through 2013, when he decided to venture out on his own – using fruit farmed from the 100-acre Verna’s Vineyard, located in Los Alamos’ Cat Canyon, in the Santa Barbara County Appellation, he launched Lucky Dogg Winery.
Brent now runs Verna’s Vineyard, giving him particular control over the cultivating methods behind his own wines, as well as strategic farming practices for the four other Central Coast labels who pull grapes from Verna’s Vineyard:
Tensley Wines, Casa Dumetz Wines, Consilience Wines, and Frequency Wines.
In line with Brent’s efforts to keep it local and keep his label close to the heart, his three children are represented in three of his current wines: Lucky Dogg’s 2013 Syrah is referred to as son Braeden’s Blend; the 2013 Viognier is made from grapes from daughter Ryann’s Block; and the 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir contains grapes from daughter Pressley’s Block.