The Vines of Mendoza’s winemaker, Pablo Martorell is young, but already heavily awarded from Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast for The Vines’ Recuerdo Wines. Born and raised in Tunuyán, he has worked at some of the most important wineries in Mendoza, including Bodega Nieto Senetiner, Catena Zapata, Trivento and Bodega Flecha de los Andes, under the esteemed Michel Rolland’s tutelage. He has also worked in wineries internationally. In 2006, he worked with Chateau de Lauret in Pomerol, Bordeaux, and in 2007, for Chateau Peyre Lebade and Chateau Clarke in Medoc, Bordeaux, both part of the Rothschild Group. In 2009, he worked for Napa Wine Company in California.
Santiago Achaval fell in love with wines and winemaking after frequently visiting the Napa Valley while receiving his MBA from Stanford. Achaval-Ferrer, his winery in Mendoza, boasts four of the five highest rated wines in Argentine history, as judged by Wine Spectator, and the highest rated Argentine wine to date according to Robert Parker. He recently received 98 points for his 2004 Finca Altamira Malbec from Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, and Wine Spectator named his Finca Bellavista one of the 10 best in the world in 2012.
Mariana Onofri has been the Wine Director for The Vines of Mendoza since 2009, overseeing all vineyard owner winemaking plans and customized wine design. This includes overseeing blending sessions and barrel tastings for the company’s 120 Private Vineyard owners, and over 230 fermentations in The Vines' 2012 harvest alone. She oversees all wine selection for the company’s Tasting Room, Vinoteca, and online sales. Prior to The Vines she worked at Chateau La Violette in Pomerol, Bordeaux, France, and has been in Sommelier in La Bourgogne in Punta Del Este Uruguay.
Coming from a Mendoza agronomist family, and working in vineyards since 1994, earth is in Francisco’s blood. Francisco has been a crucial part of The Vines of Mendoza from the start, including the overall vineyard design to personally overseeing the planting and managing of all the vineyards – spending endless hours in the vineyard overseeing development and maintenance of The Vines’ 700 planted acres of vines.