Mario Bazán is a humble man who has taken advantage of the opportunities life has presented to him while deriving great joy in fostering the health of vineyards under his care. He has gained the respect and admiration from both the winegrowing and winemaking community in the Napa Valley for his continuous hard work and dedication. Mario grew up in his small town in Oaxaca, Mexico where his agricultural life began in his family’s cornfield. He came to the U.S. in 1973 in search of work and a better life. He settled in the Napa Valley where he has focused his life’s work in the vineyards.
After working for Joseph Phelps and other prestigious wineries, he joined Robert Mondavi Winery in 1979 as a vineyard laborer and tractor driver. With his diligent work ethic fueling his thirst for knowledge in the vineyard, Mario advanced through the ranks and was ultimately placed in charge of such iconic vineyards as Opus One and To Kalon. He remained at Robert Mondavi for sixteen years until moving on to the historic Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in 1995. There he further developed his skills while working with Warren Winiarski, Michael Silacci and Julia Winiarski for three fulfilling years. Stag’s Leap was Mario’s last stop before realizing his entrepreneurial dream of owning his own vineyard management company.
In 1997 Mario Bazán Vineyard Management was launched. Mario continues to farm several hundred vineyard acres from Napa to Calistoga including the valley floor, foothills and steep mountain ranges. The launch of Mario Bazán Cellars and the start of his life with Gloria in 2005 have strengthened his dedication to making grapes of outstanding quality. Under his intense stewardship, the wines of Mario Bazán Cellars have received rave critical reviews since the inaugural vintage and have become the favorites of an ardent group of loyal followers.