Lily Oliver Berlin

Lily Oliver Berlin

El Molino (Winemaker & Co-Owner)

Lily Berlin does a little bit of everything, from winemaking to sales. She was born in Manhattan and moved with her family to El Molino (the Spanish term for bale mill), a “ghost winery” in the Napa Valley at age nine.

Founded in 1871, El Molino was one of the first wineries in the Napa Valley, and it operated until Prohibition. Lily’s great aunt, Nancy, converted the mill into a home in 1940, and the winery was restored in 1981.

After receiving a liberal arts degree from Pepperdine University, Lily worked at Sherry Lehmann Wines & Spirits in New York City, gathering significant knowledge of fine wines and confirming that city life fell short to the charms of the country. She has traveled the wine regions of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Lily and her husband, Jon, have three children, who are often in tow at the winery. El Molino produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.