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The McManis family has been farming in the northern interior region of California since 1938. Fourth generation farmer Ron McManis and his wife Jamie founded McManis Family Vineyards in 1990. From the beginning, their mission was simple: every bottle of McManis Family Vineyards should consist of “quality wine at an honest price”. They now farm over 3,600 acres of premium wine grapes from premier growing areas in California.
In 1998, the company designed and built a state-of-the-art winery to produce a range of red and white varietals sourced from ten estate vineyards. Son Justin, daughter Tanya and son-in-law Dirk Heuvel are the fifth generation of the McManis family and now help run the family business.
After graduating from Modesto High School in 1979, Ron joined the McManis family business, becoming the fourth generation to farm in California's northern interior. Ron first learned about growing grapes working with his father, Paul W. McManis Jr., in the late 1970s and early 80's. Ron McManis is President and Co-Owner of McManis Family Vineyards and believes the most important goal of the company is to produce a great bottle of wine at an honest price. He is a current member and past Board Member of the California Association of Winegrape Growers, a member of the California Wine Institute, the Wine Market Council, and the California Farm Bureau.
Jamie is Vice-President and Co-Owner of McManis Family Vineyards, and supports the goal of the company to produce great wines. She is responsible for all winery administration and oversees the development of the McManis Family Vineyards case goods program. She has helped with fundraising for many charitable organizations in the area and served on several committees in the past. She is currently a board member of the Guild of Valley Children's Hospital, and she and Ron are passionate about giving back. A dedicated animal lover, Jamie's busy household includes three dogs and a cat.
Only being 9 years old when the winery was built in 1999, Tanya McManis grew up around the facility and agriculture. She graduated Ripon High School in 2008, and then continued her education in Agriculture Business at Modesto Junior College. In 2010, she began working full time at McManis Family Vineyards. She and her husband, Dirk Heuvel, were married in 2012. Tanya now splits her time between her two kids, and is in charge of the Direct to Consumer program, and oversees marketing. She is active in the Ripon community, and helps in the McManis philanthropy efforts.
Dirk graduated from Ripon High School in 2005 and continued his education at Modesto Junior College with a focus in Plant Science. He began working for McManis Family Vineyards in 2009, and in 2012, he took over as Vineyard Manager and currently oversees all vineyard operations. He has a passion for producing the highest quality sustainable grapes possible. Dirk continues his progressive winegrowing methods by implementing new technologies into his everyday grape growing. In his spare time, he is the Chairman of the Ripon FFA board, is on the Lodi Winegrape Commission and enjoys hunting. Together, he and Tanya are very involved in the community.
Justin graduated from Ripon High in 2006 and 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.
Mike brings over 20 years of winemaking knowledge and experience to McManis Family Vineyards. Mike understands the needs and concerns of our winery customers and consumers and plays a leading role in delivering the quality that everyone has come to expect from McManis Family Vineyards. Mike graduated from California State University Fresno with a degree in Enology and has been part of the McManis Family Vineyards team since the 1999 harvest.
Greg has been with McManis family vineyards since 1999. He graduated Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is an iatrical part of the McManis operation overseeing all finance.
Ed is our Vineyard Operations Manager. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2000, he began his career in viticulture. He started working with McManis more than 20 years ago doing custom spraying and harvesting and has been working for them as their Vineyard Operations Manager since 2016. With an extensive knowledge of viticulture and a commitment to sustainable farming practices, Ed helps tend to every aspect of McManis Family Vineyards, from soil health and irrigation management to canopy management and grape selection. His keen eye for detail helps ensure that each vine receives the individual care it needs to thrive, resulting in grapes of exceptional quality. Ed has a wife and 3 kids and when he’s not working, you will find him hunting, volunteering in his community as a Little League board member and coach, athletic booster and active alumni member of his fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho.