McManis Family Vineyards is a new estate with established vineyards. Located near the cool confluence of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Rivers, just south of Lodi, McManis Family Vineyards is dedicated to the production of premium grape varietals in what is now known as the River Junction Appellation. This family venture was founded in 1990 by Ron and Jamie McManis - fourth generation family farmers. The McManis' currently operate over 110 acres of premium wine grapes, transforming the fruit into luscious wine at a state-of-the-art facility: the winery was established in 1998 to maximize the resulting wines' quality through small lot handling, whole cluster pressing, and barrel storage and fermentation. Initially, the McManis family sold their grapes to several prominent coastal wineries. However, sensing a need by coastal vintners for quality Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, McManis Family Vineyards had some of its grapes custom crushed at a premium north coast winery. News spread quickly of the quality and tremendous value. Today more than 20 coastal wineries are delightful recipients of the estate's Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel, but the best-kept secret in California is now bottled in small lots under the McManis Family Vineyards label. Under the leadership of winemaker Jeff Renquist, McManis Family Vineyard has become the leading premium winery in the northern San Joaquin Valley. As a result of the variety of microclimates and soil types found at the estate, a large selection of single vineyard varietals are grown and produced. In addition, within these single vineyard designations, Renquist and the vineyard team of John Doppenberg and Jose Godinez utilize a variety of rootstocks, clones and trellising methods to enhance overall quality, maximize flavors and provide stylistic distinctions in each of the estate's wines. These practices are noticeably absent at most other San Joaquin wineries whose traditional raison d'etre has been bulk production. McManis Family Vineyards produces a wide variety of wines including: Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Barbera, Petite Syrah, Malbec, Petite Verdot, among others. Since many varietals grow in single vineyard sights as small as two acres and Ron and Jamie McManis will only estate bottle the best of the estate's wine's under their own label, not all varietals are bottled under the family's name nor are they available in every vintage.