Merisi Wines was started by Mandy and Nick Donovan and their shared passion for the wines
of Northern California and to show their vision of the best of what this region can produce.
“Merisi Wines are our attempt to be true to the grapes we harvest, reflect the vineyard and excite at the dinner table.” – Nick Donovan
As the winemaker, Mandy thoughtfully sources fruit from boutique vineyards, farmed and cared for by the same families for generations and harvests to showcase each site’s distinctiveness. Using the timeless winemaking style of less is more, the wine is fermented and aged with balance and vineyard site in mind.
“Each vineyard and growing season has its own unique variability, and our goal is to capture the positive nuances that come from these differences. We like to think of it as the personality of
the fruit.” - Mandy Donovan
The wine is named after the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio. Passionate realism is but one way that Caravaggio’s art has been described. His style led to a sense of rawness and true understanding of the scene, pulling you into the painting. A style distinctive from his contemporaries.
“We hope to channel a spirit who challenged the dominant artistic style of his time, and created a new style that was more immediate, earthy and passionate.” - Nick Donovan
Combining honest winemaking with sustainably farmed vineyards to create food-friendly wines of distinction and balance, Merisi Wines also aims to evoke a sense of passionate realism. Daring to be different if it means pursuit of quality and honest interpretation.