Mario Bazán was born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. He came to the U.S. in 1973 and 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 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 as its vineyard manager. Stag’s Leap was Mario’s last stop before realizing his entrepreneurial dream of owning his own vineyard management company.
Bazán Vineyard Management has been operating in the Napa Valley since 1997. 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.