Mandala Wines

Yarra Valley

Star Rating:

1568 Melba Highway, Dixons Creek, Vic 3775
Yarra Valley VIC
(03) 5965 2016
(03) 5965 2147
Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 10-4, w'ends 10-5
Charles Smedley, Scott McCarthy, Andrew Santarossa,
29 hectares

James' Review

Mandala is owned by Charles Smedley, who acquired the established vineyard in 2007. The vineyard has vines up to 25 years old, but the spectacular restaurant and cellar door complex is a more recent addition. The vineyards are primarily at the home base, Dixons Creek, with chardonnay (8ha), cabernet sauvignon (6ha), sauvignon blanc and pinot noir (4ha each), shiraz (2ha) and merlot (1ha). There is a separate 4ha vineyard at Yarra Junction planted entirely to pinot noir with an impressive clonal mix. Exports to China.

Author: James Halliday

About this winery

Located in the picturesque Yarra Valley, Mandala proudly crafts wines of character and finesse, designed to be enjoyed with good food and great company.

Beginning with Yarra Junction Estate in 1999 and growing to include a second vineyard and become Mandala Wines in 2006, the Smedley family now has two separate Yarra Valley sites under vine. Both produce varietals that excel in the region; the Dixons Creek site is home to a mix of classic varietals, while the Yarra Junction vineyard was carefully selected for premium pinot noir production.

The 10 acre Yarra Junction vineyard was planted to four Burgundian pinot noir clones in 1999. With clay-loam volcanic mix soil and the characteristic warm days and cool nights of the Upper Yarra, the site is ideal for pinot noir and produced Mandala's first Single-Site wine in 2006: 'The Prophet' Pinot Noir. The Dixons Creek site - producing chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and shiraz - was purchased by the family in 2006 and has undergone extensive re-planting and development to become the home of Mandala Wines.

Mandala is led by owner and managing director, Charles Smedley, who has over 26 years experience in the wine industry, including extensive experience across Australia, Europe and Asia. Charles also oversees the winemaking team, motivated by his passion for the industry and his dream of producing the elusive 'perfect' wine. He considers it a privilege to live and work in the Yarra Valley, and continues to grow and develop Mandala Wines both nationally and overseas.

Mandala's vineyard manager, Julian Parrott, has been part of the team since 2007. He has 13 years' experience growing wine-grapes in the Yarra Valley, driven by his love of life outdoors and the challenge of meeting each season as it comes.

The Mandala kitchen is headed by Luca Radaelli, who joined the team in 2012. His main love is the cuisine of his Northern Italian home, but he also brings a passion for learning and new techniques to his work. He began his training while still at school in Italy, but has since expanded his career across the globe with influences from his time in France, America and Thailand evident in his style.


Mandala Wines produce an Estate range and a Single-Site range of cool climate wines.

The Estate range comprises chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, rose, pinot noir, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and sparkling Blanc de Blancs. Made only when vintage conditions are in complete harmony, Mandala's Single-Site range of wines are emblematic of a strong single-region, single-vineyard winemaking philosophy. The range now includes five varietal labels, each wine bearing its own icon representing a member of Mandala's founding Smedley family: 'The Compass' Chardonnay, 'The Prophet' Pinot Noir, 'The Matriarch' Pinot Noir, 'The Rock' Shiraz and 'The Butterfly' Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cellar Door

Sun: 10:00am till 5:00pm
Mon: 11:00am till 4:00pm
Tue: 11:00am till 4:00pm
Wed: 11:00am till 4:00pm
Thu: 11:00am till 4:00pm
Fri: 11:00am till 4:00pm
Sat: 10:00am till 5:00pm

Drop into the cellar door for a tasting with the friendly and knowledgable staff. All current release wines are available to taste every day, and the single-site wines join the list on selected weekends. Back-vintages and cellar door only releases are also available throughout the year. The cellar door is open from 11am - 4pm weekdays, and from 10am - 5pm on weekends.
Food - Restaurant

Sun: 12:00pm till 3:00pm
Wed: 12:00pm till 3:00pm
Thu: 12:00pm till 3:00pm
Fri: 12:00pm till 3:00pm
Sat: 12:00pm till 9:00pm

The contemporary cellar door and glasshouse restaurant are the heart of the Dixons Creek site, with the restaurant boasting expansive views of the surrounding vineyards and beyond. The Mandala kitchen works with locally sourced, seasonal produce to create an ever evolving menu of delicious, internationally influenced food. The restaurant is open for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday, and for dinner on Saturday evenings.


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Distribution Information

Fesq and Company

International Sales Information

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Information Provided By: Mandala Wines
  • Event name:
    'Barbacoa' - The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
    13 Mar 2016 to 13 Mar 2016
    13:00:PM to 18:00:PM
    Wholey Cow! San Telmo will be cooking a whole cow, Argentinian style, at Mandala Wines as part of this year's Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Enjoy live music and your choice of full service, all inclusive lunch in the dining room or picnic style on the lawns with wine from the Cellar Door. Tickets and details:
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Outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality, and did so this year. Also will usually have at least two wines rated at 95 points or above.

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