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Mike Kuimelis

Mantra Wines - Alexander Valley, CA

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Mike Kuimelis Jr. is the winemaker and founder of Mantra and Mobius Wines of Sonoma County. At the impressionable age of 10, during the first harvest of his family's grapes, Mike met an enthusiastic winemaker and remembers thinking, "Now that's what I wanna do when I grow up!". He eventually ditched his plans for medical school and put the same level of intensity into making wine, “alternative medicine” as he calls it.

Seventeen years after his epiphany, at age 27, Mike started making his own wine...in the garage. The first year, in 1995, he made one barrel of Cabernet Sauvignon from his dad’s mountain top vineyard, the next year he made 2 barrels etc., until finally in 2000, Mantra Wines was born with 200 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon from that same vineyard. Since then his wines have been described as “Sexy and hedonistic” by Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate who has given them scores over 90+ points, Zinfandel of the Year by Wine and Spirits magazine and scores over 90+ points and accolades from Connoisseur’s Guide. In 2007 he started Mobius Wines to compliment the lineup of the Mantra estate wines and is preparing to launch a third brand named after one of the ridges where the Kuimelis family grows their grapes. Mike also makes a private label Cabernet Sauvignon specifically for Alan Wong’s restaurant in addition to a select few specialty projects such as one that features adventure motorcycles (a passion of his) and has been featured by BMW.

Mantra Wines is truly a family owned and operated winery, with Mike making the wine since 1995, his parents managing the vineyards for over 35 years, his wife helping with marketing and the day-to-day details of the business, and Nikos, his 11 year old son, as the official grape sampler.

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