Fernando Martain Amozurrutia was born in Mexico City and studied Chemical Engineering at Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). From 1978 to 1984 he worked at Bodegas de Santo Tomas in Ensenada and studied several winemaking and viticulture courses in California (San Rafael, Fresno and Sacramento), USA.
He widen his knowledge learning from Dimitri Tchelicheff, Octavio Jiménez, Alfonso Arizmendi, and Miguel Angel Daruich, which gave him a vision of different winemaking techniques from other countries like United States, France, Argentina and Mexico.
It’s in 1983 that he created Cavas Valmar, the first boutique winery in Ensenada, along with his wife, Yolanda Martain and her family.
During the 80’s, he also advised and helped promote other wineries from Ensenada, such as Mogor Badan, Bodegas San Rafael, Vinos Tanamá, Viñedos San Cosme, Roganto, Don Juan and founded a private winery association called Agroindustriales del Vino Integrados.
In 1985, along with other wine enthusiast friends, Fernando founded Cofradía del Vino de Baja California and held the position of President for three years and a half.
He has also been president of the Winemakers Association, the Harvest Festival (Fiestas de la Vendimia) and the Sistema Producto Vid, a private association supported by the government.