Kristina Mielke-van Löben Sels
Kristina Mielke-van Löben Sels, second generation of the Mielke family to oversee Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, brings both education and practical skill to her work. Graduating in Fermentation Science from the University of California at Davis, Kristina came to Arbor Crest in 1999 after several years as the assistant winemaker at Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery in Healdsburg, California.
Kristina understands that excellent wines begin with the grape in the vineyard. When selecting the fruit for Arbor Crest’s wines, she pays strict attention to the vineyard location, with specific emphasis placed on the quality of the soil and the vines. Throughout the year, Kristina works closely with our distinguished growers to achieve the most concentrated and balanced fruit possible, and is on site during the harvest season to make sure our grapes are picked at their peak.
Once the fruit is received by the winery, Kristina takes a minimalist approach to her winemaking process to protect the essence of the grapes. She maintains pure fruit quality through limited handling, and by avoiding invasive techniques including the use of excessive oak. Kristina’s goal is to capture the power of the fruit and purity of the vineyard to produce wines with balance and style that pair easily with food and have natural integrity for their region.