Mari Wells Coyle is an award-winning winemaker with a taste for adventure in wine, food and life. When she’s not in the cellar, you might find her in the kitchen experimenting with food and wine pairings, or navigating whitewater rapids along the western Sierras.
A UC Davis Viticulture and Enology grad, Mari honed her winemaking skills in some of the world’s finest wine regions, apprenticing under premier Pinot Noir producers like Gloria Ferrer and Merry Edwards in Sonoma County. She worked in the cellars of Chard Farm in Central Otago, New Zealand, before becoming the winemaker at Chatom Vineyards in the Sierra Foothills at the age of 24. Her first vintages were decorated with ”best of show” and gold medal awards.
In 2005, Mari moved to El Dorado County in the Sierra Foothills—a natural migration for a young winemaker who loves the outdoors. Her Rhone varietals have been recognized by the likes of wine critic Robert Parker, the San Francisco Chronicle, Sunset Magazine, and The Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine.
In 2013, Mari became an independent winemaker-which includes consulting and creating a brand of her own. Mari takes a creative multi-media approach to content marketing through wine, photography and flavor pairings described in her blog The Winemaker’s Table.
By 2015 Mari’s talent had been recognized by the Wall Street Journal and in the Napa Valley where she accepted the role of winemaker at the Iconic Sterling Vineyards. Mari continued to innovate by contributing to the winery’s state of the art luxury winery using modern technology for Cabernet Sauvignon. At this time, Sterling Vineyards received many accolades for 90+ wines, including 96 points for the Yates Family Vineyards and Iridium wines.
In 2017, Mari was named Director of Wine at ONEHOPE, an innovative social impact wine company. Mari works with both marketing and operations teams to build a multi level wine portfolio.
Mari is a respected international wine judge serving since 2012.
She resides in Santa Rosa, CA, with her husband and their two sons. They enjoy outdoor adventures, wine, beer, and food.