Mandala has been a dream in our family for generations. We always wanted a place to grow grapes, make wine and share it with our friends and family. So it was a dream come true when we planted our first ten acres of Pinot Noir ‘rootlings’ in Yarra Junction in 1999. Things were going well and we were ready to expand. But it’s Nanna who sent the dream to mum one fateful night; She saw the rolling hills, the dams, the vines and a place to sit at the end of the day taking in the endless view. One year later in 2006 the time was right and the dream became a reality. We moved into Dixons Creek and together with the Yarra Junction vineyard Mandala was born.
Our favourite wines lead us to the Yarra Valley, Charles’ love of Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay made it the perfect choice. The Valley is famous for its superb cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and our vineyards also have established Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot vines. All of these qualities and only an hour from Melbourne made it the best place to unearth Mandala and make the wines we like to drink.
Today Mandala lives in a beautiful Australian setting where our kids play and the older ones spend time together, tell stories and just be a family. We want Mandala to be our legacy for the future generations of our family, to be indulged by whomever catches the wine bug.
The captivating view from the glass room restaurant is flooded with green vines and hills all punctuated with birds of prey, hot air balloons, the odd kangaroo, Berger the dog and friends. Settle in for a sunlit lunch enjoying the best of seasonal and regional dishes from the menu. Our cellar door is the best place to ‘get to know’ all of our wines. We only use Mandala grapes to make our wines including the hand picked, hand made, single site ‘The Prophet’, ‘The Butterfly, ‘The Matriarch’ and ‘The Rock’.
Mandala merges what we believe makes up the good life; Our first loves of family, wine and food, the best recipe for embracing and savouring life.
Take the trip, bring the family and friends. Just relax, we'll look after the rest.
" We wanted to thank you for all that you did to make our wedding day not only special but perfect. Mandala itself is a beautiful place and holds true to its meaning as a place to share good food, wine and experiences. The food, wine and service at the wedding was [sic] faultless and enjoyed and talked about by all our guests." Alison and Jason Mulder, 2010