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​Winemaking Philosophy

The Winery
Surrounded by lush vineyards, the McManis Family Vineyards (MFV) winery is located on a 40-acre site near the town of Ripon, in California’s abundant northern interior. Constructed in 1998, the large-capacity winery is dedicated to producing high quality wines with “small winery” methods.
As grapes arrive at the winery, they are introduced to two state-of-the-art grape receiving stations outfitted with Delta Stemmer-Crushers and Bucher presses; the receiving hoppers are equipped with mechanisms designed to slow the intake of grapes, gently handling the incoming fruit. All grapes for McManis Family Vineyards are received at the Ripon facility where our winemaker ensures proper care of the fruit—a necessity for producing quality wines.
Considered “petite” compared to the size of other facilities in the area, the winery is designed for small lot wine production, though it maintains an extensive stainless steel fermentation and storage capacity. The majority of the tanks are designed to ferment 50 ton lots of red wine each, and there are several smaller tanks available for blending, fermenting, and oak integration. Total production for the winery is 450,000 cases: 75 percent red wines and 25 percent white wines.  All bottling is now completed "in house" with our state of the art bottling line installed in 2014.
Winemaking Team
Mike Robustelli is responsible for all winery operations on a daily basis and for leading the winemaking team on all the McManis Family Vineyard wine programs.  Ron and Jamie's son Justin became an integral part of the winemaking and operations team right after graduating from Ripon High in 2006 when he began working at McManis Family Vineyards as a fifth generation family farmer. Justin had grown up around the winery and agriculture, and began getting familiar with winemaking practices as early as 16 years old and has loved it ever since. He currently oversees all purchasing and winery operations. Justin’s winemaking philosophy is to treat every single employee as if they are part of the family. Justin is very passionate about the winemaking process and the wines that McManis Family Vineyards makes each year. Justin married his wife, Stefanie Powell, in 2015, and together they have two sons.
The Grapes
All of our fruit is sourced from our estate grown 4,000 acres owned and farmed by McManis Family Vineyards.  We are now 100% self sufficient and utilize only our own fruit.  This self sufficiency allows the winemakers to “pick and choose” with respect to varietal selection, flavor profiles, and blending - without the constraint of a grape contract. In addition, the winery continues to invest in vineyard property in preferred appellations, e.g., Lodi and Clarksburg Delta regions and has an aggressive plan for planting several varietals, to provide additional fruit for McManis Family Vineyards wines.

Red Wine Program
All red grape varieties for McManis Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Barbera, are harvested mid-day to provide a robust start to fermentation at warmer temperatures. Introduced to oak through a proprietary process, the resulting red ‘must’ receives 7-9 days of fermentation in stainless steel, is pressed off, and then moved to a second tank to complete fermentation. Red wines complete both alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentations.
McManis Family Vineyards winemakers practice micro-oxygenation of MFV red wines, preferring the procedure to a barrel-aging program that carries inherent challenges such as management and higher costs. Micro-oxygenation also allows easier access to the wines, making it possible for winemakers to taste development on a more regular basis.
Red wines are bottled approximately 10-12 months after harvest.
White Wine Program
All white grape varieties for McManis Family Vineyards Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Viognier, are harvested in cool night temperatures to ensure the fruit arrives cold at the winery. The grapes are crushed as soon as they arrive and are immediately pressed; the juice is allowed to settle overnight and then it is racked and fermented cold until dry.
MFV Chardonnay is fermented on oak in the form of tank staves; a small amount of the wine is allowed to complete malo-lactic fermentation, contributing to the complexity and varietal expression of the finished wine.
The grapes for MFV Viognier are harvested at higher than normal brix levels, allowing for riper fruit with wonderful fruit components of sweet pear and honey, adding to the varietal expression of the finished wine.


The group of employees who help make it all possible.


Bottling Line:
In 2015 McManis Family Vineyards built a state of the art bottling line. By having their own bottling line, it gives complete control over the winemaking process which helps to improve quality and efficiency while also significantly reducing green house gas emissions.

David Meza - Bottling Line Manager

Greg Cardey is the Vice President of Finance. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He has a background in Agriculture.