Anthony Von Mandl Biography Age, Career, Net Worth, & More
Now White Claw is just the latest success in a string of "genre-defying alcoholic beverages," according to Bloomberg. Between all of his hits, and even the leaner days that got him to this point, Mandl is now worth some $3.4 billion. Naturally, he’s re-invested much of his wealth in his first love, wine, by opening his fifth winery in 2018 along the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. As the fourth-largest beer company in the United States, Mandl‘s group is expected to make around $4 billion in revenue in 2020. If there’s one thing that’s for sure, Mandl, who hosted Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2016 during their Commonwealth tour, isn’t about to let the competition slow him down now.
- Most are family-run operations that harvest grape varieties such as pinot noir alongside cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc; white varieties such as pinot gris, chardonnay, and riesling have long done well in the region.
- He holds five honorary doctorate degrees and is Chairman of The von Mandl Family Foundation, supporting the arts, health initiatives, environmental conservation, and cancer research within Canada and the United States.
- In addition to his winemaking, in 1999 Anthony created Mike’s Hard Lemonade, a beer alternative that became the source of fist-fights at liquor stores in Ontario when supply dwindled.
- Naturally, he’s re-invested much of his wealth in his first love, wine, by opening his fifth winery in 2018 along the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.
Wine regions, with 163 of the province’s 215 wineries and 88 per cent of its vineyard area. Located in a rain shadow of the Cascade and Coast mountain ranges to the west and the Monashee Mountains to the east, the Okanagan is a dry region, with only around 345 millimetres of rain a year in the wettest parts. It has a distinct climatic advantage, as the valley is 1.5 degrees warmer than Napa during the peak months of July and August. A lot of people with money get into the wine business, yet von Mandl, who began his career importing wine from an office in the back of Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre, had little when he set out to build his dream. “I’d pulled together all the money I had, including my house, all the financing available,” he says.
Von Mandl’s company is arguably now best known for the hard seltzer beloved by American "bros": White Claw.
Unlike other Canadian breweries, von Mandl did not reuse the glass bottles the cider was sold in and relied on other businesses’ buyback programs to help his company meet national waste regulations. When breweries that previously used the same bottles as von Mandl stopped buying back the cider bottles, the Canadian government fined the business "several million dollars," Business in Vancouver reported. The Okanagan Valley is a summertime playground for wine lovers, golfers, watersport fanatics and visitors to the region’s many lakeside resorts. The valley, which spans 155 miles, is home to 84 percent of British Columbia’s vineyard plantings, which include everything from Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah to Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Riesling. According to WineBC.com, the valley boasts just over 8,800 acres of vines with an equal split between white and red varieties. Martin’s Lane is an invitation-only, purpose-built, gravity-fed, pinot noir–specific winery that will crush for the first time this fall.
Von Mandl was born in Vancouver, Canada, but spent his childhood in Europe.
Anthony von Mandl’s passion and willingness to take risks to transform the Okanagan Valley exemplifies the pioneering spirit the University of the Fraser Valley aims to foster in its students in the Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies and Faculty of Science. It is a privilege for Anthony to be awarded an honorary Doctor of Technology degree from Dr. Andy Sidhu, Chancellor, and Dr. Joanne MacLean, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley. I believe the Duke of Ed provides great preparation for young people pursuing careers. I have seen this first-hand from one of our previous co-op students who achieved her Gold level.
I suggested we toss coins for $10,000 off the asking price per toss.” He won enough tosses to make up the difference. With this the time was right to build Martin’s Lane Winery, the most radical Pinot Noir winery in the world. Architecturally stunning, the 6-level gravity-fed winery is carved into a steep vineyard hillside and the winery is named in honour of Anthony’s late father, Dr. Martin von Mandl. It took until 1994 when Mission Hill Family Estate won the trophy for ‘Top Chardonnay Worldwide’ at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London that he knew his dream had legs. Mission Hill Family Estate, which Anthony conceived and built to endure for centuries, has become internationally known and heralded as “the gold standard of wineries” by Condé Nast Traveler and “the Versailles of the Valley” by The New York Times.