Mandala has been a dream in our family for generations. We always wanted a place to grow grapes, make our own wine and share it with friends and family. So it really was a 'dream come true' when we planted our first ten acres of Pinot Noir rootlings in the Yarra Junction site in 1999.
Fast forward some very fruitful seven years and we were ready to expand. But it was Nanna who sent the dream to Mum one mysterious night: a vision of the rolling hills, the dams, the vines and a place to sit at the end of the day taking in an endless view.
Just one year on, the time was right and another dream became a reality.
We moved into Dixon's Creek, and together with the Yarra Junction vineyard, came full circle to create Mandala as we love it today.
As Yarra Valley as it gets
Our favourite wines lead us to the Yarra Valley region; Charles' love of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made it the perfect choice.
The Yarra Valley is famous for its sublime cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but our vineyards also have established Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot vines too. With our sites only an hour from Melbourne, it really was the best place to unearth Mandala and make the wines we love to drink.
Today Mandala is thriving within its beautiful Yarra Valley country setting, where our kids play and older ones spend time together, tell stories and enjoy the good life.
We want Mandala to be our legacy for the future generations, and to be indulged by whomever catches the wine bug - our place is your place.