Casa Marin Winery Guide
Among the best of Chile’s newly established wine estates, Casa Marin is a very recent success story, has been producing quality wine for little over ten years. This small, family-owned winery was one of the first to pioneer vine growing in the San Antonio Valley, a new and very fine coastal wine region. Indeed, the property has 40 hectares of exceptional vineyards that are just a few kilometers inland from the Pacific. Their vineyards show the great diversity of terroir that the San Antonio Valley is capable of offering, a mix of clay, limestone, sand, and volcanic soils have been carefully exploited to produce seductive Pinot Noir, elegant Riesling and pungent, powerful Sauvignon Blanc. The winemaking philosophy of Casa Marin focuses on creating quality driven wines that reflect, and draw upon their terroirs, and it shows!
Casa Marin was founded by Maria Luz Marin, a wine professional of some twenty years’ experience. Before embarking on her dream of producing wine, she worked as a master blender for different wineries, blending their wines according to the wishes of her customers. While this job paid the bills, Maria dreamed of one day controlling her own destiny. However, while she admired the wines emanating from Chile’s most famous region, the Central Valley, Maria was determined to do something different. She wanted to make wine in uncharted territory and so Casa Marin was born.
Maria realized her ambition in 1999, planting some vineyards in the coastal village of Lo Abarca. The cool-climate San Antonio Valley was then considered a risky site for vine growing, with no track record of producing wine but Maria was convinced that the variety of soil and unique micro-climate would produce spectacular results. 40 hectares, many awards and 15,000 cases later, she was proven right!
Today, Maria continues to run the estate with her son Felipe Marin and is currently the only female owner of a Chilean winery. What Maria Luz and Felipe have achieved in this short space of time is nothing short of a phenomenal – Casa Marin produces an impressive range of cool-climate wines that are consistently superb year after year. The Pinot Noir, in particular, is world class; an elegant, red berry scented delight, impressively intense and truffled. It is wines like these which cement the fact that Chile can offer more famous regions like Burgundy some serious competition. Casa Marin was voted ‘winery of the year’ by Wines of Chile recently, which was well deserved. Add into the mix the formidable presence and welcome from Maria Luz herself, the majestic beauty of the San Antonio Valley and you have the recipe for a memorable winery visit.
Casa Marin Gewürztraminer (Casona Vineyard)100% Gewürztraminer. Produced from premium vineyards located on loamy, deep soils. Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 2 weeks – no oak ageing.
Casa Marin Pinot Noir (Lo Abarca Hills Vineyard)100% Pinot Noir. Produced from premium vineyards located on volcanic soils. Fermented in French oak and aged in 60% new French oak for 14 months.
Casa Marin Riesling (Miramar Vineyard)100% Riesling. Produced from premium vineyards located on volcanic, granite soils. Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 3-4 weeks – no oak ageing.
Casa Marin Sauvignon Blanc (Cipreses Vineyard)100% Sauvignon Blanc. Produced from premium vineyards located on calcerous, granite soils. Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 3 weeks – no oak ageing.
Casa Marin Sauvignon Blanc (Laurel Vineyard)100% Sauvignon Blanc. Produced from premium vineyards located on chalky, loamy soils. Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 3 weeks – no oak ageing.
Casa Marin Sauvignon Gris (Estero Vineyard)100% Sauvignon Gris. Produced from premium vineyards located on loamy, clay soils. Fermented in 30% stainless steel tanks and 70% French oak for 6 months. A complex white, capable of ageing.
Casa Marin Syrah (Miramar Vineyard)100% Syrah. Produced from premium vineyards located on volcanic, granite soils. Fermented in 80% new French oak and aged for 18 months. A deep, intense red capable of considerable bottle ageing.
Cartagena Sauvignon Blanc100% Sauvignon Blanc. Fermented in Stainless steel tanks for 20 days – no oak ageing.
Cartagena Pinot Noir100% Pinot Noir. Fermented and aged in 20% French oak for 5 months. Approachable on release.
Cartagena Gewürztraminer100% Gewürztraminer. Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 3 weeks – no oak ageing.
Cartagena Riesling100% Riesling. Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 3-4 weeks – no oak ageing.
Facts & Figures
San Antonio Valley
Area under Vine
Age of vines
Oak barrel origin
Maria Luz Marin Winemaker: Felipe Marin and Maria Luz Marin
15,000 cases per annum
Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Gris
Grape Varieties Used by the Winery
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Discover Riesling's charm, a white grape from Germany's Rhine region, cherished in Alsace, France. Unveil its secrets and delightsFind out more
The sauvignon blanc grape varietal, originally from the Bordeaux region of France, is now one of the world's most loved white varieties.Find out more
Sauvignon Gris, a pink-berried mutation of Sauvignon Blanc, originated near Bordeaux and thrives in Chile and globally. Historically limited by low yields, its richer, more voluptuous wines with mango, melon, and citrus flavors are gaining popularity, despite being less aromatic than Sauvignon Blanc. This clone is part of natural color mutations in grapes and is often blended with Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot noir is a light-bodied red wine varietal closely related to the Vitis vinifera grape and produces the most sought-after red wines in the world.Find out more
Syrah is dark-skinned and perhaps the most underrated of the 'noble' red grape varieties.Find out more
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