McMANIS FAMILY VINEYARDS, Ripon, San Joaquin Valley

The McManis family has been farming in California’s Central Valley since 1938.  When we started working with Jamie & Ron McManis in early 2002, they had just released the first vintage of their eponymous wine — fewer than 10,000 cases of 2000 vintage, from estate and purchased fruit.  We were knocked out by the unparalleled value and the appealing style of their wines.  Since then, McManis has taken on a life of its own, growing to more than 3600 acres of estate vineyards (in the River Junction, Borden Ranch, Clements Hill, Jahant and Clarksburg appellations) and over 400,000 cases annual production. Their vineyards are Certified Sustainable under the strict ‘Lodi Rules’ program, ensuring the long term health of the vineyards and vineyard workers.

Until the late 1990s McManis sold all their grapes to other wineries, and they continue to supply grapes and finished or bulk wines to a number of high profile wineries. This winery-to-winery business remains the largest part of the picture for McManis.  However, what’s most satisfying for Ron and Jamie McManis is putting their own name on the labels, and they set a very high standard for the quality and value of these wines.  Winemaker Mike Robustelli has been with McManis since the 1999 harvest.  Tanya and Justin McManis, and Tanya's husband Dirk, have joined their parents in the winery and vineyard business, becoming the fifth generation to farm this land.  As the San Francisco Chronicle says, “McManis makes honest, affordable table wines that outperform the competition.”