Manu Propria is from the Latin meaning, “By my own hand,” and has been used since the middle ages to denote something too important to be entrusted to another. Our logo is based on a medieval woodcut representing a stylized “MP” for Manu Propria, which was used to seal official documents. To the right are the letters “vnm”, an abbreviation of vinum, Latin for wine. Thus, our label reads “Wine by my own hand”. Our winery is an intentionally small family organization, ensuring that every bottle receives our full personal attention.
Respect is the cornerstone of our philosophy at Manu
Propria. Respect for the earth that provides such beautiful fruit. Respect for the families who tend the earth and nurture the vines. Respect for the grapes and their inherent unique qualities. Respect for you, with the glass in your hand, willing to be surprised and challenged and delighted.
proprietor / winemaker
Mike’s wines show the benefit of his obsessive dedication and years of study as well as an artist’s intuition and finely honed palate. He began his winemaking career as a volunteer cellar rat at Delille Cellars where he was eventually named Assistant Winemaker. In 2008, he became Winemaker at Mark Ryan Winery, where he continues to create
Mike also works with Grand Reve Vintners
proprietor / director of marketing and sales
She brings a background in architecture, with a creative eye and small-business owner’s savvy. Although her primary role is keeping the home fires burning while Mike works ceaselessly over your wine, she lends a hand wherever it is needed: providing you a friendly face and willing ear, managing social media, press, and marketing efforts, handling direct sales and shipping, sitting in on blending trials, and writing tasting notes.
He enjoys smelling the wines, and seems to have a fine palate already, as the bouquets of the finest vintages induce a frenzy of happy toe wiggling. It will be a few years before we can start making him wash out fermentation vats for pocket money. Until then, he’ll just continue to earn his keep by being cute.
The folks who deserve our special
MARK McNEILLY Mark Ryan Winery
ORA MAE 9 Opals Studio
CAYLEE BETTS Betts&Co.