Mandala was a dream in the Smedley family for generations. For the head of the family, Peter Smedley, he always wanted a place to have quiet moments with friends and loved ones.
Peter’s son Charles made this dream come true when he planted his first ten acres of Pinot Noir rootlings in his first vineyard at Yarra Junction in 1999. Fast forward some very fruitful seven years and the family were ready to expand. But before they decided on a plot of land, Charles’ Nanna sent his Mum a dream 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 from this moment, the time was right, and another dream became a reality. The family moved into Dixons Creek, and together with the Yarra Junction vineyard, came full circle to create Mandala as they love it today. The Dixons Creek vineyard is Mandala's home. The vines carve through rolling hills of this elevated picturesque Yarra Valley landscape around dams, fruit trees, their family home as well as the Mandala Cellar Door and DiVino Ristorante. The Dixons Creek vineyard has clay loam soil and houses 25-year-old Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot vines.
Mandala Wines Owner and Vigneron Charles Smedley has over 27 years' experience in the wine industry - working in Australia, Europe and Asia across a range of senior production, retail and viticultural roles for international brands.
Charles has a serious love for Pinot Noir - and you’ll often hear him explaining the difference between the Pinot’s grown at their Yarra Junction site and at their Dixons Creek site.
The Yarra Junction vineyard was chosen for its high altitude, which helps their Burgundian Pinot Noir grapes develop more of a pronounced red-fruit character. While the Dixon's Creek vineyard, on the other hand, has clay loam soil, which is known for producing extremely bold and robust wines.
Saturday - Sunday
10am - 4pm
1568 Melba Highway