At Merisi Wines, our intentionally small lot wines are made with a wildly big heart. Our endless pursuit of quality begins in the vineyard: partnering with multi-generational family growers whose stewardship is reflected in their sustainable, organic, and thoughtful practices. In the cellar, we seek to translate these beautiful truths and capture the nuance of each site through minimal intervention winemaking: picking by taste and flavor, preserving a grape’s natural acidity, native fermentations and minimal sulfur additions. In wine, we call this terroir: honest interpretation of the vineyard. In art, curators describe it as passionate realism. Merisi Wines is named after the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, perhaps the most provocative painter of this style. His pursuit of authenticity and distinctiveness from his peers became our beacon of truth telling and excellence. We hope you enjoy the discovery of Merisi Wines!
Meet the Winemaker
Mandy’s interest and curiosity in wine began at a young age through traveling with her family and watching them collect and taste wines from around the world. (Maybe she tried a little too!). In college, she studied liberal arts with a focus in science and agriculture and worked nights at a wine bar in Vermont. But wine was still just an interest and curiosity. It was not until she moved home to Northern California after serving 2 and half years in the Peace Corps, when she realized it was fall, she desperately needed a job, and it happened to be wine grape harvest. From there, she realized what she wanted to do. She worked up and throughout the wine industry in both the cellar and labs, from Italy to New Zealand, Sonoma and Napa, before returning to graduate school at UC Davis for a Master’s in Viticulture and Enology. Eight years ago, Mandy launched Merisi Wines as a side project, a creative outlet allowing her to work with “alternative” grapes to Cabernet and Chardonnay, which dominated her regular workload. As a winemaker, she never wants to stop exploring new regions and new varietals to work with.