ABOUT MANTRA WINES

VINEYARDS

The literal translation of Mantra is mind-protection. A mantra is something that is repeated over and over again to give oneself a sense of ‘peace’ and ‘bliss’ – try our liquid versions.

OUR VISION


Mantra is dedicated to producing wines that reflect the unique characteristics of our high elevation vineyard sites in the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys of Sonoma County. Our wines are made exclusively from the best blocks of our mountain-top and hillside vineyards and farmed to rigorous specifications to produce our ultra-premium wines.

FAMILY HISTORY


Mike Kuimelis Jr has a passion for winemaking and a knack for making award winning wines. His father, Mike Sr. – who immigrated from from Greece when he was 12 – and Mike’s stepmom, Lorene, started growing grapes in 1978. They have had their premium grapes turned into many award-winning wines by a host of noted winemakers including Mike Jr. who made his first barrels of wine in 1995. Mike Jr. Attended Saint Mary’s College, served in the Peace Corps from 1991 to 1994 and was assigned to work on agricultural projects in rural Guatemala. Upon his return he enrolled in a graduate program at Mills College designed for students with non-science college degrees who want to enter medical school. He soon met Dez who was studying forestry at Cal Berkeley. Two years later, while Mike was applying to medical school, they moved to Healdsburg, where he took the opportunity to help manage his parents’ vineyards that he had known since childhood. While assisting with the vineyards, Mike Jr. became more and more drawn to the art and science of winemaking and soon fell in love with the process – ultimately setting aside his ambitions for medical school. He hasn’t looked back since. In 2000 he established Mantra Wines and Mike turned his focus to winemaking fulltime. It has been a family collaboration with Mike Jr. as the winemaker, forklift driver and sales team; Dez as the all around support crew, and Mike Sr. and Lorene as the grape growers. Mantra’s Cabernet and Merlot both recently won Best of Class and Gold medals at the California State Fair Wine Tasting Competition and Gold for their Cabernet at the Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition. In previous years, Wine and Spirits Magazine included their Old Vine Zinfandel Reserve as one of the “Year’s Best”. The Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine awarded their Syrah with 93 points. Noted wine critic Robert Parker Jr. has praised Mantra Wines with the following descriptions:

These Juice Cabernets emphasize loads of fruit, impressive purity, and beautiful texture…”
-Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate

“Hedonisitic, smoky, full-bodied, voluptuously textured flavors…”
-Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate

Mantra is dedicated to producing wines that reflect the unique characteristics of their High elevation vineyard sites of Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys located in Healdsburg, Geyserville and Cloverdale. Many of their wines are produced from the best blocks of their mountain-top and hillside vineyards which are farmed to rigorous specifications by Mike Sr. to produce their ultra-premium wines. To experience these wines in person please visit their new tasting room in Novato where they offer many choices from their three labels: Mantra, Mobius and Big Ridge.

VINEYARDS

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ALEXANDER VALLEY

CLOVERDALE VINEYARD

  • North Eastern Alexander Valley
  • 1,100 ft. elevation, ridge top exposure
  • Stony aiken loam soil

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

  • 2 rootstocks – St.George/AXR
  • Spacing 6 x 10
  • Cordon pruned, 2 bud spurs
  • Planted in 1987
  • T-trellis

MERLOT

  • 2 rootstocks – St.George/AXR
  • Spacing 6 x 10
  • Cordon pruned, 2 bud spurs
  • Planted in 1987
  • T-trellis

OLD VINE ZINFANDEL

  • St.George rootstock
  • Spacing 9 x 9
  • Modified, head-pruned
  • Planted in the 1950’s

ASTI VINEYARD

  • Central Alexander Valley
  • Hillside vineyards
  • Gravely loam soil

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

  • 4453 rootstock
  • Spacing 6 x 10
  • Cordon pruned, 2 bud spurs
  • Planted in 1992
  • Vertical trellis

MERLOT

  • 4453 rootstock
  • Spacing 6 x 10
  • Cordon pruned, 2 bud spurs
  • Planted in 1992
  • Vertical trellis

OLD VINE ZINFANDEL

  • St.George rootstock
  • Spacing 6 x 10
  • Planted in the 1992
  • T-trellis

DRY CREEK

DRY CREEK #1 – THE HOME RANCH

  • Southern Dry Creek Valley
  • Rolling hills

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

  • 4453 rootstock
  • Spacing 6 x 10
  • Cordon pruned, 2 bud spurs
  • Planted in 1992
  • Vertical trellis

PRIMITIVO

  • 4453 rootstock
  • Spacing 6 x 10
  • Cordon pruned, 2 bud spurs
  • Vertical trellis

DRY CREEK #2 – THE HOME RANCH

  • Southern Dry Creek Valley
  • 1050 ft. elevation
  • Hillside

 

MERLOT

  • 4453 rootstock
  • Spacing 6 x 10
  • Cordon pruned, 2 bud spurs
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