Starting back in 2014 with two blokes, one large shed and a shit tonne of grapes, MAAN Wines was formed. The origins of the name MAAN are nothing overly special, a combination of initials of the men who make and sell them. Matt Anderson, a marketing consultant & Anthony Neilson, an accomplished winemaker, work together like any great wine pairing.
Matt developed his love affair with wine whilst a poor Uni student, working at a number of wine stores in and bars whilst also developing and managing websites of independent wine stores and wineries. This passion developed to the point where he worked vintages at a couple of wineries, and knew he wanted to be involved in the industry which served his tastebuds so well.
Anthony has worked in wineries since completing his winemaking degree at Adelaide Uni in 2005, working at a number of wineries, including stints in Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, Santa Ynez Valley in California and St Emilion in Bordeaux. As well as many years spent living/working in Margaret River and McLaren Vale.
After we both independently travelled through Europe and North America and tasted many, many wines we both fell in love with the Grenache variety. A versatile grape that can be made in many styles all as delicious as one another. It didn't take long to decide that Grenache was to be the hero of our new label. Luckily we live on the doorstep of (what we believe to be) the best Grenache growing region in the world, McLaren Vale. And not just that, but have friends in high places, who were willing to sell us some of their fruit - Andre and Selina from Bondar Wines. Who we're incredibly proud to say won the award from James Halliday's 2017 Wine Companion for Best New Winery in Australia! So it doesn't take much to deduce that the fruit they produce is exceptional and we were very lucky to be able to produce wines using it.
Our MAANtra is simple:
“Make great quality wine, at an affordable price, delivered to your door! (and have a bit of fun in the process)”
We don’t take wine too seriously, and neither should you. Its our goal to build a community of food and wine loving peeps, who share our vision, read our stories, use our recipes and welcome our vinous advice (and sneak a few laughs while reading our Grog Blog).
That’s enough about us, lets talk about the goods. Introducing the ‘Dapper MAAN Grenache’ & The ‘Handy MAAN GSM’. Two wines that are a reflection of the people who make them, expressive, approachable and exceptionally handsome.
Cheers, Matt & Anthony.