Melissa Moholt-Siebert (Owner) was born in Montana, and grew up in Portland, Oregon. Her first passion and career, beginning as an intern when she was 16, was cellular neuroscience research. She attended Pomona College in southern California, where she met her husband Ken, and graduated with a degree in Biology. After graduate studies and many years in research laboratories, a different life called to Melissa – one more connected to the products of the earth, namely wine. Melissa now applies her analytic and organizational acumen and perseverance from decades in cell culture laboratories to Ancient Oak Cellars.