Vintner Mauricio Soler of Maui's Winery - Tedeschi Vineyards - Biography
Wine was always a part of Mauricio Soler’s life. Originally from the up-and-coming
wine growing region of Baja California, Soler was exposed early on to progressive
winemakers who were passionate to make a difference. And wine itself was a significant part of Baja culture. Camping, hunting and fishing trips with Soler’s father and brother always concluded with a bottle of simple table wine. Intrigued by winemaking, he delved into crafting his own blends at home.
Outside of the house, Soler initially pursued a more traditional education, graduating with an International Business degree from San Diego State University and a Marketing minor at the University of Barcelona. But life in Spain revived the passion for wine as a way of life that Soler had learned in Baja, and he decided it was time to take his winemaking skills to the next level.
This led him to Fresno State University, where a hands-on approach was encouraged at the University’s commercial winery. Graduating with a degree in Enology, Soler took this hands-on approach to Artesa Vineyards & Winery, where he worked in the cellar, barrel room, and wine lab. Artesa, meaning “handcrafted” in Catalan, resonated with Soler’s winemaking beliefs. As an enologist at one of California’s premier sparkling wine houses, Roederer Estate, Soler was essential in the decisions made from the vineyards to the bottle. Now at Maui Winery, Soler still strongly believes the key elements to a great wine are balance, true expression of place, the ability to reflect tradition, and show compatibility with local fare.