Founded in 1990, McManis Family Vineyards is owned and managed by Ron and Jamie McManis, fourth generation winegrowers, and is located in the rich agricultural region of the northern California interior. Currently, the family grows a wide selection of grape varieties on 2600 acres of premium vineyard land. Committed to sustainable farming, McManis Family Vineyards participates in the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing which “…promotes practices that enhance biodiversity, soil and water health, community and employee well-being.” Working towards certification for all their family owned vineyards, McManis Family Vineyards was recently awarded their first Lodi Rules Certification for their Damir Vineyard, located in Stanislaus County, California Appellation.
McManis Family Vineyards is recognized as a leader in the region in the application of premium grape-growing practices: the use of select rootstocks and clones, specially chosen to perform well in the soils and sub-climates of California’s northern interior, in combination with labor intensive fruit management techniques, such as leaf pulling and cluster thinning. Acknowledged as trustworthy and passionate about growing superior fruit, Ron and Jamie McManis have been successful in gaining a reputation for supporting and encouraging their neighbor growers. With an eye toward the future, the family continually invests in the latest equipment and farming advances, continuing to plant 100-150 acres annually and sharing their knowledge with their grower-partners.
The McManis family is credited with the 2001 successful petition for the 1300 acre River Junction AVA (American Vineyard Appellation), just west of the city of Ripon, at the confluence of the Stanislaus and San Joaquin Rivers.
McManis Family Vineyard Appellations
River Junction Appellation
Nestled between the cool confluence of the Stanislaus and San Joaquin rivers, south of Lodi, the River Junction Appellation comprises 1300 acres, the third smallest in California. The river basin, consistently 2-5 degrees cooler than the surrounding farmlands, combined with the sandy loam soils unique to the area, is ideally suited to growing premium quality grapes. McManis Family Vineyards farms approximately 700 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Muscat Canelli in the AVA.
Borden Ranch Sub-Appellation in Lodi
Located west of the Amador County line, Borden Ranch AVA is the most topographically diverse sub-appellation in the larger Lodi AVA. With elevations ranging from 73 feet to 520 feet above sea level, the region features well-drained alluvial soils comprised of cobbles, clay pan, and clay loam, best for growing structured red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. McManis Family Vineyards owns 1030 acres in the AVA.
Clements Hill Sub-Appellation in Lodi
Located in the east part of the larger Lodi AVA, Clements Hill is characterized by rolling hills and cliffs at the base of the Sierra Foothills. The Mokelumne River flows through the region and a variety of microclimates exist within the hills. There are granite and volcanic soils below the alluvial top soils, and the appellation is recognized for producing red grape varieties such as Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. McManis Family Vineyards owns 320 acres in the AVA.