Melanie Natoli came on board in 2015 as the winemaker and vineyard manager for Cana Vineyards. She has been working in the Virginia wine industry since 2009.
Melanie received a master’s degree from the University of Scranton in physical therapy, but after a few years in the field, she left her career in healthcare to pursue her passion for wine. She learned on the job in the vineyard and cellar from many great mentors and colleagues in the industry. Melanie’s favorite wines to produce and drink are dry rosés.
Alan Kinne, Cana’s Executive Winemaking Consultant, has been recognized as one of the leaders in the wine industry for over 30 years. His multifaceted career has crisscrossed US wine regions, all the while gaining in knowledge and prestige. Alan started his career in Michigan after graduating from the University of Michigan. He managed wineries and made wine in Virginia and then on Long Island before returning to Virginia to start his award-winning consulting service. During the decade when he was exclusively a consultant, Alan was named the US winemaker of the year once and was runner-up another year. Alan then spent nearly ten years as a winemaker in Paso Robles before working in Oregon and again in Virginia. During this time, he began consulting for Cana in 2011 before being named the Executive Winemaking Consultant in 2013. His winemaking philosophy is simple: great wines are a natural art form where the hand of man is lightly placed to direct the results.
Brenden McMahon was a winemaker from January 2013 – May 2016. He transitioned from Cana Vineyards to pursue his alcohol filtering business, Mid-Atlantic Cross Flow, full-time.
View our Winemaking Photo Gallery to see the destemming/ crushing process from truck to barrel for the first crush (of Cabernet Franc grapes) in Cana’s facility.
Our first bottled estate wine, 2015 Petit Manseng, has won multiple medals, including a gold medal from the New York International Wine Competition.