Casa Marín’s story began with its founder, owner, and winemaker, María Luz Marín’s dream.
Nothing describes this winery better than the story of a woman who persevered to create fine and exclusive wines. In 2000, against advice from colleagues and experts, she decided to establish her winery in Lo Abarca, a small town in the San Antonio Valley. Despite warnings about problems with location, the cool climate, and people’s disbelief, she was successful in developing a vineyard and winery whose wines have received numerous world awards, helping position Chile in a distinct light with its high quality, high value wines.
Her son, Felipe Marín, follows in her footsteps as a winemaker. Together they have created the most awarded Chilean wines outside of the country in the icon and premium categories, and they dedicate themselves exclusively to the winery. In general, it is the Marín family team – siblings and children – who continue to passionately support this boutique winery’s growth.
María Luz Marín
Owner, Founder & Winemaker
María Luz is the first female winemaker and winery owner in Chile. After graduating from the University of Chile with a degree in agronomy and winemaking, Maria Luz worked in various wineries, and in 2000 she successfully established the first cool climate winery in South America and the Pacific Coast. She has successfully positioned her fine wines in the top markets and among international critics, where they stand out for their high quality.
Winemaker & Viticulturist
Younger son of Maria Luz Marín, studied Viticulture in Sonoma, California and then Oenology in Marlborough, New Zealand. Today he is the winemaker & viticultor at Viña Casa Marín, dedicated to the sustainable development of Viña Casa Marín and the constant search for new aromas and wine blends year by year. He also develops his own line of wines; Viñedos Lo Abarca.
Operations & Winebar Manager
Eldest son of María Luz Marín, Nicolas studied Computer Science Engineering with specialization in Telecommunications at Diego Portales University. With more than 15 years experience in the development and creation of computer projects. Today he has made a great change in his life focusing on family business within the wine industry. He is in charge of managing and controlling the operations of the company, as Head of Operations and Manager of Vinobar Cipreses, vineyard's restaurant.
Jamie, born and raised in the Netherlands, has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and international tourism management. She specialized in wine tourism development and has published a book, entitled Wine Tourism Development in the San Antonio Valley, Chile: ISBN 978-3844392180.
In 2008, when she met Felipe Marín, she fell in love with the wine world and Casa Marín. She holds a WSET level 3 degree with distinction and is currently working towards her WSET Diploma.
Andrés is María Luz’s husband, currently responsible for business negotiations in the Asian market. He has worked at Casa Marín for three years and represents the brand on many occasions during presentations and tastings with distributors and end clients in the United States and England. With vast experience in the business world and as a geology professional, he has developed an international career in addition to working as a business agent.
Patricia Marín, sister of María Luz Marín, born in Cartagena, Chile, continually developed her artistic talents in parallel with her professional activities with UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund). Her life and travel experiences throughout Latin America during the 80's and 90's - exploring Chile, Brazil, El Salvador and New York - have shaped her art and affinity for culture and the sense of belonging and admiration of different landscapes and companies. Another element that is always present in her work is social sensitivity, which has accompanied her throughout her life. Patricia has contributed to the vineyard and the town of Lo Abarca with her artistic touch and its beautiful mosaic creations.