The roots of Mario Bazán Cellars go back to 1973 when Mario immigrated to the Napa Valley from his native Oaxaca, Mexico. When Mario arrived in the Napa Valley, he was immediately charmed by its beauty and energized by the vigorous wine growing atmosphere he observed. He continued to hone his skills over the next four decades as he advanced step-by-step from a general laborer to grape grower. Today, Mario has his own estate vineyard and highly regarded vineyard management company farming several hundred acres throughout Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
Gloria joined him when they were married in 2005. At that time they also purchased their family estate and started the development of their vineyard at the base of Atlas Peak. In 2007 Mario and Gloria’s twins, Antonio and Alexander, were born just as the inaugural 2005 vintage of Mario Bazán Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon was being made ready for market.
Mario envisioned going beyond the vineyard to share in the experience of producing exceptional wines from properties under his management. For the 2005 vintage, Mario teamed up with founding winemaker Victoria Coleman and realized his dream by introducing his first Cabernet Sauvignon under the Mario Bazán Cellars label, adding a Sauvignon Blanc in 2009.
The high standards Mario sets for himself and his workers in the vineyard are shared by Gloria in the winery and reflected in the production of each wine in the portfolio. Their winemaking venture is a natural progression in bringing Mario’s life’s work from the ground to the table.