When the first vintage of the
Sauvignon Blanc was released, it was heralded by Parker as the best
white wine made in South America.
A moment of great satisfaction for Maria Luz Marin who had to
fight to be allowed to plant her vineyards in Lo Abarca, only 5km
from the sea. But this is a lady who doesn't take 'no' for an
answer and has a career littered with great achievements and
numerous firsts. Maria Luz's vision and determination to coax world
class wines from these coastal vineyards has proved Chile is
capable of producing wine that can take on the world's best.
The first harvest was vinified in 2003 and this marked the
beginning of an innovative and radical project of wine making in
Chile. In 2010, the Cipreses Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc was
recognised as the Best Sauvignon Blanc in the world, and all of her
wines, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling,
Gewürztraminer, and Sauvignon Gris - are highly regarded throughout
the world and she is now backed by her son, Felipe, a winemaker who
shares the same passion and conviction to realize his mother's
Viña Casa Marín has always respected the surrounding land and
has worked in a natural, harmonious way with the environment. With
this in mind, the winery has always invested in three areas they
feel are most important: social, environmental and economic. Since
the beginning in 2000, it has instilled the focus on clean and
respectful production throughout the company. Their approach in the
vineyard is to use only 'green' products. 80% of the 46 hectares of
vineyard is located on hills including some steep hill slopes. The
vineyard is divided in 63 blocks reflecting the differences in
soil, sun exposure, temperature and exposure to the wind.
2018 saw Maria luz crowned one of the ten most influential women
of the wine industry in the world by Drinks Business magazine, the
second time in 20 years..
In May 2018, the President of Chile designated three new wine
appellations (DO) in Chile for areas smaller than a municipality
(for first time in history). In recognition of Casa Marín's
prestige and quality, D.O Lo Abarca was born; probably the most
important recognition for Casa Marin.
In January 2019, Casa Marin has been certified as sustainable by
Chile's National Sustainability Certification Scheme. They are
measure for sustainability in three areas; the vineyards, the
cellar, and as a business model as a whole.