Farmer/Producer Profile

Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery

6780 Mc Kinley Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472


Phone: (707) 823-9910

Location: Sonoma County West
6780 Mc Kinley Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472 (View Map)

Hours: Mondays: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesdays: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wednesdays: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursdays: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fridays: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sundays: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

About Our Business:Nestled in the rolling hills of western Sonoma County, the Russian River/Green Valley appellation is a perfect microclimate for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Only 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 50 miles north of San Francisco, the site is influenced by the sea's cooling breezes and drifting fog.

Marimar Torres, the purveyor, came to live in California in 1975. After two years of searching, she acquired the land and began planting the vineyard in 1986. Today there are 30 acres planted with Chardonnay and 30 with Pinot Noir. The wines are made entirely from estate-grown grapes. Named in honor of the late patriarch of the family, the vineyard is unique in California because it is totally European in style. The vines are trained very close to the ground on an open vertical trellis, following the slope of an east-facing hillside; the rootstocks are phylloxera resistant; and the planting density is 2000 vines per acre, four times more than is traditional in California. Such high density promotes root competition and diminishes vigor, naturally reducing the output per vine. Yields are low and labor is intensive, but the vines live longer and produce grapes with greater concentration of flavors, more refined and elegant aromas, and better balance.

"After experimenting for several years with a few blocks of vines, in 2003 we decided to make the jump to [farming organically on] the entire vineyard,"says winery founder, Marimar Torres. "The whole idea is to create an ideal balance between the vines and nature. The vineyard will be ecologically healthier, and the grapes of higher quality. That's our long-term reward."

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Methods: Biodynamic
Pesticide Free

Certifications: CCOF Certified Organic

Features: Tasting Room
Wine Club

Fruits & Nuts: Grapes- Wine

Libations: Wine

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