Oceano Wines is a joint venture between Rachel Martin and Kurt Deutsch. Rachel has been growing grapes and producing wine for over 15 years at her family's winery and vineyard, Boxwood Estate Winery, in Middleburg, Virginia. Kurt is a Grammy-award-winning music, theatre and film producer, now working as a senior vice president for Warner Music Group. The two randomly met at the Middleburg Film Festival in October, 2014. They happened to be seated across from each other at a dinner prior to the screening of Kurt's feature film, "The Last Five Years.” From this chance meeting came a romantic relationship.
Together they decided to make wine from a very specific place, Spanish Springs Vineyard, on the coast of San Luis Obispo, California. As the western-most vineyard site in California, Spanish Springs provided the cool climate they sought for the two varieties they wanted to bottle, chardonnay and pinot noir. They were married in 2018, the year incidentally, that the first of their wines, Oceano's 2016 Spanish Springs Chardonnay, was released.
With her deep roots in California, it’s no wonder that Rachel’s wine journey culminated back in the Golden State. Most of her childhood was spent growing up near the coast. Her intention was always to return after a stint living in Northern Virginia to be closer to her father. And despite the success she experienced helping to establish her family’s winery, at her core, she knew that she was a California winemaker.
In 2016, winemaker and consultant, Marbue Marke, came on board to help Rachel and Kurt Realize their dream: to produce unique wines of elegance, balance and freshness.