Marin Caratan

A Local Legend

Marin Caratan spent his entire life pursuing his one true passion –
the production of delicious, fine quality table grapes.

Marin was born November 18, 1883, on the island of Hvar, Croatia. At the age of 30, with dreams of starting a new life, he immigrated to America. He settled in San Francisco and began farming crops to earn his living. Six years later Marin had saved enough money to purchase land in California’s fertile southern San Joaquin Valley, on which he could grow his own crops. In 1926 he harvested his first crop of grapes in Delano, where today the third and fourth generations of the Caratan family continue to cultivate his original vineyard, as well as those acquired in the years since.