The Mariatinto project is the brainchild of Chef Guillermo Gonzalez Beristain and entrepreneur Humberto Falcon. It launched in 2004 with the release of the 2002 vintage. This first release was a blend of various wines purchased from different producers that had excess production. In 2003, they enrolled in the now-famous winemaking class given by Hugo D’Acosta at La Estacion de Oficios El Porvenir in Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California. The 2003 release was also a blend from various wines purchased from top wineries in the Valle de Guadalupe area. Unfortunately, in 2004, there was no excess wine available and
Mariatinto wasn’t able to release a product. This negative event forced the partners to make Mariatinto a more formal project as they decided to purchase grapes and barrels of their own and have their wine produced specially for them at various wineries such as Adobe Guadalupe, Vinisterra and La Escuelita. In 2005, taking even more control into their hands, the partners developed relationships directly with the grape farmers in the various valleys of the greater Ensenada area. To this date, Mariatinto continues to work with five out of the six same growers they first worked with and have engaged Tomás López, a master agronomic, to oversee those relationships.