Since September 2012, he is General Manager of Familia Torres. As Executive President of Miguel Torres Chile from 2009-2012 he set the future strategy of the winery by committing to sustainability, organic winegrowing and high-end wines. While in Chile, he had to manage the crisis resulting from the 2010 earthquake. Following this event, he decided to give the winery a fair trade focus, making it one of the first privately owned wineries to do so.
Born in 1974, Miguel is the son of Miguel Agustín Torres and Waltraud Maczassek. He has 2 sisters: Mireia, who is the Manager of Familia Torres’s Innovation and Knowledge Department and Manager of Jean Leon, and Anna, who is a doctor. As Miguel Agustín's children, they learned about wine and vineyards from him, and their mother passed on her creativity as a painter.
Miguel studied Business and Management at the ESADE University in Barcelona and at the Kennan Flager Business School in North Carolina, USA. He also studied oenology at the Rovira i Virgili University, in Tarragona. He worked at several FMCG multinationals before moving into a field closer to wine, but still quite different: the perfume business.
For almost 3 years, he worked as Brand Manager for Carolina Herrera New York perfumes, a fashion brand belonging to the Antonio Puig Perfumes Company. The company, with headquarters in Barcelona, is also responsible for other internationally prestigious fragrances.
Then he joined the family business as Manager of the Jean Leon winery (part of the Torres Group since 1995) in April 2001. During this time, he invested in improving the quality of the company's wines as well as overseeing the construction of a visitors center dedicated to wine tourism.
In 2004, he accepted the position of Marketing Director of Miguel Torres S.A., responsible for product development, communication and new launchings, including the projects of Ribera del Duero (Celeste), Priorat (Salmos), Rioja (Altos Ibéricos) and Rueda (Verdeo).
At the end of 2009, Miguel Torres Maczassek was appointed Executive President of Miguel Torres Chile. During a period of almost 3 years, he set the future strategy of the winery by committing to sustainability, organic winegrowing and high-end wines. While in Chile, he had to manage the crisis resulting from the 2010 earthquake. Following this event, he decided to give the winery a fair trade focus, making it one of the first privately owned wineries to do so. He obtained IMO-Fair for Life/Fair Trade certifications for the Santa Digna range and began producing Estelado, the only sparkling rosé made from the País grape. In doing so, he contributed to a renewed appreciation of this variety, which arrived in Chile 500 years ago and has now become a symbol of Chilean winemaking.
Before returning to Spain, he resumed a project initiated by his father to plant Pinot Noir in the Empedrado Valley. Several years later, this resulted in the wine Escaleras de Empedrado, the first Chilean wine to originate from terraced vineyards rich in slate.
Since September 2012, Miguel Torres Maczassek is General Manager of Familia Torres.
He speaks fluent Catalan, Spanish, English and French and a smattering of Japanese and German. In 2002, Miguel married Sarah Andrews, and they have 3 children: Carolina, Andrea and Miguel Sebastian. He enjoys spending time with his family, walking in the countryside or mountains, reading history books, and drawing, a passion he inherited from his mother.