Victoria Colemen - Winemaker at Mario Bazan Cellers
Victoria Coleman, a Seattle native, moved to Napa Valley in 1998 and began working in the wine business as a temporary receptionist at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Later she was promoted to production assistant to Michael Silacci, who oversaw viticulture and winemaking at Stag’s Leap, and she learned to make harvest decisions based on tasting grapes. On the winemaking side, she learned how to evaluate fining and blending trials. The exposure and encouragement fueled her passion for winemaking. With significant intuition and experience, she wanted to understand the science behind the art.
Victoria and a friend enrolled in a winemaking class at Napa Valley College. They crushed a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in a drum with their feet. She raced from work during her lunch break to punch down her lot, but the experience of hands-on winemaking fueled her desire to learn everything she could about it.
Victoria began working with Mario Bazán in 2004. She enrolled at the University of California, Davis in fall 2006, already having had her first vintage under her belt, the 2005 Mario Bazán Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, and she graduated in June 2008.
The winery’s owner always had dreamed of going beyond the vineyard and into the bottle. He recognized that Victoria was the person with whom he could accomplish this goal. From harvest decisions to bottling, Victoria has taken a hands-on approach to winemaking. With her Chesapeake Bay Retriever/Shepherd, Oliver, at her side in the vineyard or waiting outside the cellar door in the shade, Victoria is in her element. Mario Bazán Cellars produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.