Lily Oliver Berlin

Lily Oliver Berlin

El Molino (Winemaker & Owner)

Lily Oliver 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. Her father, who made the El Molino wines until his death in 2005, had been a Burgundy wine fanatic, and the winery still produces only two wines, in an Old World-inspired style—the Burgundian varietals Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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, France, and South Africa to enhance her understanding of the art and science of winemaking.

Lily and her husband Jon have three children, who are often seen in tow at the winery.