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   30 Years of Producing Fine Wine   

With a legacy that developed Opus One into a world renowned icon, winemaker Daniel Manies has ventured out on his own to develop his own signature label of elegant wines.

 

Utilizing his classically trained authentic French Bordeaux winemaking techniques, in combination with his unique and creative approach to winemaking, Daniel has developed wines with characteristics that will amaze and delight the most discerning of tastes. With his incomparable approach to quality, these premier wines will tantalize the senses and transport you to the vineyards of Bordeaux, France with every sip.

Join Daniel in his continued journey of craft, passion and legacy. Quality is everything.

DANIEL MANIES, FOUNDER & WINEMAKER

With ancestral roots originating in France, Daniel Manies’ forefathers made their way to America in 1874. From a long history of agriculture and French heritage, Daniel has come to know that winemaking is in his blood. As a very young boy, Daniel’s family settled in the Napa Valley in the early 1960s. Through a lifetime of hard work, Daniel has achieved many great goals. Beginning his career in the wine industry, earning his credentials on the stomping grounds of winery greats such as Beringer, Mondavi and Christian Brothers, all while attending college courses, has positioned him as a valuable member of the power team that put Napa Valley on the map as the world-renowned wine region it is today. 

 

In 1991, the prestigious Opus One winery was founded and after 10 years in the cellars of Robert Mondavi Winery, Daniel was selected to join the Opus One Winemaking team as a Master Cellarman to help start-up and develop all production programs at the brand new facility. For 13 years, Daniel performed all production operations working with winemaker Tim Mondavi and winemaker Patrick Leon of Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s winery to establish a strong foundation for the future of Opus One. During this time, Daniel continued his education at the University of California at Davis, expanding his knowledge and skills allowing him to conduct laboratory analysis at Opus One

 

In April of 2001, Daniel’s dedication and skill were recognized by Baron Philippe de Rothschild and he was sent to Bordeaux, France to visit the parent wineries of Opus One. This educational experience has become the highlight of his career as his stay at Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s winery further enriched his knowledge of winemaking.

 

By 2003, Daniel had the first official vintage of his own Bordeaux-style wine, Vin De Manies. As many winemaking stories begin, this inaugural vintage was birthed in his garage, with family and friends helping bottle and hand label his dreams into reality. Slowly, but surely, his wines and his label have evolved, but one thing is unchanged, his passion for his craft and his skill formed through a lifetime of winemaking is unwavering.

 

Daniel is extremely selective in choosing only grapes grown by small, private, vineyard owners who personally give their vines the loving care and attention that large commercial vineyard growers cannot afford. Great wine comes from quality fruit grown in a well-attended vineyard, under the best of conditions. 

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