Notable Quote: “Family pride and integrity have enabled Torres to blend centuries-old traditions with the latest innovations to produce outstanding wines known the world over. Marimar herself has become a symbol of this heritage.”
Marimar has been involved in the wine business all her life. Born in 1945 in Barcelona, Spain, she is fluent in six languages and holds a degree in business and economics from the University of Barcelona. She is also a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program, and studied enology and viticulture for a year at the University of California at Davis.
At Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery, Marimar directs the activities at the winery and in both vineyards – Don Miguel (named after her late father) in the Russian River Valley and Doña Margarita (named after her late mother) in the Sonoma Coast AVA, both in Sonoma County. In 1986, Marimar began planting the Don Miguel Vineyard, a 56-acre property in a cool microclimate ideally suited to chardonnay and pinot noir. Also planted to pinot noir are 20 acres of a 180-acre property in West Sonoma County, between Freestone and Occidental.
Prior to her involvement in the California operation, Marimar traveled extensively promoting Torres wines, first in Spain as the company’s export director and later in North America, when California became her home in 1975.
At that time, shipments of Torres wines to the U.S. totaled 15,000 cases; ten years later they reached 150,000. To achieve this was not easy, though; especially in the beginning,
Marimar was confronted with the common notion that the wine business was no place for a woman. Eventually, her tenacity and business acumen helped her overcome this bias, and she became the best-known ambassador of Spanish wines in North America.
An authority on Spanish cuisine, her first books, “The Spanish Table: The Cuisines” and “Wines of Spain”, was published in 1986. Her “The Catalan Country Kitchen”, came out in April 1992.
Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery
11400 Graton Rd, Sebastopol 95472