In 1986 Marimar began planning the Don Miguel Vineyard, a 56-acre property in a cool microclimate ideally suited to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Today the vineyard encompasses 81 acres, 30 of which are planted with Chardonnay and 30 with Pinot Noir. Another 20 acres in the Freestone Valley (Sonoma Coast) are also planted to Pinot Noir.
Due to her European heritage, emphasis on the vineyard is a natural concept for Marimar; the wines, made entirely from estate-grown grapes, are truly an expression of this unique terroir.
Marimar Torres 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.
She directs the activities at the Marimar Estate Winery, as well as at the Don Miguel Vineyard (named after her late father) in Russian River Valley and at the Doña Margarita Vineyard (named after her late mother) in Sonoma Coast.
Marimar is an authority on Spanish cuisine: her first book, “The Spanish Table: The Cuisines and Wines of Spain”, was published in 1986, and her second book, “The Catalan County Kitchen: Food and Wine from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean Seacoast of Barcelona”, came out in April 1992.
Marimar lives in Sausalito and at her house above the vineyard with her daughter, Cristina, and her dogs, Chico and Bonita.
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.