Meet the Team

Our team at AmoVino is a dynamic group of individuals driven by a shared passion for organic and sustainable libations. Comprised of experienced sommeliers, beverage experts, meticulous researchers, and creative marketers, we bring together a diverse range of expertise and knowledge. With a deep appreciation for quality and craftsmanship, we tirelessly scour the globe to uncover the most inspiring and beautiful products. We connect with talented winemakers, distillers, and cider-makers, learning their stories and embracing their dedication to their craft. Our team’s unwavering commitment is to share our love for exceptional beverages, guiding you on a journey of exploration and enjoyment.

Marisa Varas

CEO + Managing Director

Marisa’s journey into the wine industry seemed inevitable. It was one which combined her passion for people and appreciation for culture and tradition. As Marisa developed her palate at a young age through family wine tastings in their cellar, time further piqued her curiosity.

Upon completing her B.A. in Cultural Geography (with a minor in business) from the University of Victoria, Canada, Marisa went on to travel throughout many European wine regions. She continued on to achieve her MBA at Regents University, in London, UK. Returning home to Vancouver, she recognized the importance in combining her undeniable passion for wine with continued education, and so she pursued WSET courses while working for a local wine agency.

Marisa brings to AmoVino varied and effective skills entwined within her love of people. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Nabila Lalani

Operations Manager

Like the rest of our team, Nabila is passionate about food & wine. Her excitement began during a university semester abroad in the South of France, although deep down she always knew she was destined to pursue her passion and love for beautiful wine, learning about the terroir & viticulture in which they originate, and pairing them with delicious food!

With 10+ years of sales, marketing, and client relationship experience, and her continued formal wine education through the WSET program (with aspirations to one day complete her Diploma), Nabila is a fantastic addition to the AmoVino team

Outside of work, she loved to travel, explore new places, and stay active. You’ll find her on a long run or walk, at a Pilates class, or try something new outdoors! Or maybe just sharing a bottle of French chardonnay & a good meal with friends

Jade Morice

Okanagan + Kootenay’s Territory Manager

Working in a tiny VQA shop during University was where Jade really started to discover her passion for wine. Since then, she has had the opportunity to travel to many wine regions around the world, including Argentina, California, Italy and Chile, and has has continued her formal wine education through the WSET program – currently working towards completion of the WSET Diploma. Sales came naturally through her determined and enthusiastic work ethic, and throughout her career Jade has built strong relationships from working for large and small agencies in the Kootenay’s and Okanagan. Outside of work, Jade enjoys spending time with her three greyhound dogs, golfing, gardening and trying out new recipes in the kitchen – though her ultimate happy place is sitting on the patio with friends enjoying a beautiful glass of wine.

Matt Landry

Head of Education

Matt Landry joined the AmoVino team recently, bringing his incredible wealth of knowledge of wines with him. He will be keeping the AmoVino team sharp, organizing trade tastings and educational seminars, by taking on the role of Head of Education.

Georgia Dilar

Logistics Coordinator + Social Media

Georgia is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of Guelph and moved to Vancouver just over a year ago to further her career in wine. With four years of experience in the wine and spirits industry and a WSET Level 2 certification, Georgia is knowledgeable and passionate about everything wine has to offer. Her role as a Logistics Coordinator allows her to apply her expertise in streamlining operations, ensuring timely and efficient delivery of our exceptional products. Beyond her professional achievements, Georgia enjoys an active lifestyle, including beach visits and playing with her beloved dog, Benji.

Natalie Bomans

On-Premise Territory Manager – Vancouver and Sea-to-Sky

Natalie’s introduction to the world of wine began during her time living and working in Melbourne, Australia. From that point on, she was hooked and has since spent time studying wine through Toronto’s Sommelier Factory program. She welcomes any opportunity to learn and be exposed to new wines and wine growing regions.

Originally from Ontario, Natalie spent several years working at Richmond Station in Toronto and eventually worked her way into their Assistant Wine Director role. During her time there, she was introduced to the concepts of organic/regenerative/sustainable agriculture and working closely with local farmers in the area, which fueled her passion for working with wines that are cultivated in a similar way from small lot growers with unique stories to share.

Outside of wine, she loves to take advantage of the outdoor playground that is BC, spending time camping, hiking, or skiing.

Last but not least…

View Our Online Shop: Explore our meticulously curated online shop on our website. Discover a diverse selection of wines, ciders, and other fine beverages from our esteemed suppliers. From BC’s organic and biodynamic wines to unique expressions from around the world, find the perfect bottle to elevate your drinking experience. Shop with us and indulge in the artistry of taste.