Meet Our Team
Five generations of family winegrowing
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.
Ron & Jamie
President, Vice President and, Co-Ownersfull bio >
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.
Vice President, Co-Owner
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.
Office Administrationfull bio >
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 their two children and working at the winery overseeing office administration alongside her mother, Jamie. She heads up McManis’ philanthropy efforts and is active in the Ripon community.
Vineyard Managerfull bio >
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, loves to play golf, and go hunting. Together, he and Tanya are very involved in the community.
Winemaker and Winery Operationsfull bio >
Winemaker and Winery Operations
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 a son.
Winemakerfull bio >
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.