For years Martin Ramirez was more comfortable building sites than in a vineyard. He didn’t know a great deal about wine and even less about viticulture. But in the early 1990s, when his boss at the Roll Ranch asked him to manage his vineyard in upper Ojai, Martin accepted the challenge with joy and embarked on a steep learning curve. Twenty years into his role as viticulturist at the Roll Ranch, Martin’s genuine love of vineyard life and his almost fatherly relationship with his vines is obvious. Martin is now an expert viticulturist in Ventura County, and considers himself lucky to be at the helm of one of the state’s most unique regions. With over 17 privately owned vineyards under his belt in Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties, Martin has become a leading expert in the field and began his own business, The Vineyards of Ojai.
The importance of the relationship between viticulturist and winemaker cannot be understated. The Vineyards of Ojai understands and values the partnership between Bruce Freeman and Martin Ramirez. With Bruce’s expertise in winemaking coupled with Martin’s intimate knowledge of the region’s climate, soil and terrain, they are well on their way to achieving their goal: Create wines that are a true reflection of Ventura County's special terrain.
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