Spain meets California
“We grow grapes the way they do in Europe… The high density reduces vigour…the grapes have greater concentration of flavour and better balance. They simply taste better”. – Marimar Torres
Cool Climate California
The vineyards of Marimar Estate are located in some of the coolest appellations of Northern California. The Don Miguel Vineyard lies in the Green Valley sub-zone of the Russian River Valley. The chilling early morning fog is particularly dense here. The Doña Margarita Vineyard, in Sonoma Coast, sits just seven miles from the Pacific Ocean.
One of the secrets to Marimar Estate’s rich, refined style lies in its rigorous vineyard management. Vines are planted at four times the density usually seen in California to lower yields and concentrate fruit flavours. Vertical trellises are used to maximize sun exposure and fruit aeration. Hedging, leaf pulling, and shoot thinning are all practiced to further aide in grape ripening. Grape clusters hang low to the ground to absorb the warmth of the earth.
While Marimar Estates was certified sustainable in 2017, the vineyards have been farmed using organic and biodynamic growing methods since 2003. This long-term commitment to eradicating chemical entrants has led to far healthier, higher quality grapes. According to Marimar Torres, the improvement in grape flavours, combined with the benefits to the environment, her vineyard workers, and her customers, make sustainability a winning strategy.
Perfect Food & Wine Pairings
Finding the ideal dish to compliment the fine wines of Marimar Estate is easy with a culinary expert like Marimar Torres at the helm. Her Spanish-themed cook books offer scores of delicious recipes. Marimar recommends serving her citrus, spice infused Pato con Higos (Duck Breast with Figs) with the estate’s flagship “Cristina” Pinot Noir.