Stags Leap District
Juan Mercado (Founder)
About The Estate:
Realm Cellars has firmly established itself among the very top tier of Napa's greatest wineries, and is now one of the most sought after Estates in the World.
Making wine at the very highest level has always been at the core of Realm Cellars. Through “these blessed plots” – vineyards owned by Realm and sites that they carefully curate – their aim is nothing less than to illuminate and reflect the pinnacle of Napa Valley winegrowing. But Juan's vision for what Realm can be encompasses more than creating fine wine. Securing an enduring place in the history of Napa Valley, that is also his aspiration.
Realm Cellars is a journey. Years ago, Juan laid the groundwork, risking everything he had to achieve his dream. In time, others took the baton, taking their own risks to rebuild the business when it needed it most and infusing Realm with a new vision of what the future could hold. Drawing on a shared ethos of entrepreneurship and an obsession with excellence, this team took Realm beyond an individual person, and way beyond Juan’s wildest dreams.
As they look to the future, Realm sees only possibility. The Estate in the Stags Leap District gives a firm foundation and ensures that Realm Cellars will be here for decades to come.
They’ve come a long way, yet there is still much work ahead: a property to revitalize, vineyards to re-plant, a concept for hospitality to be realized, and of course, wines to be made.
As they map their course, their promise - to their customers, their growers, themselves - is that Realm Cellars will never be static, never complacent. They will make our mark in the firm belief that the best is always yet to come.
Juan was a medic in the army during the first Gulf War. Upon his return, he as a registered nurse and worked in the ICU and Cardio/Pulmonary Unit at Summit Medical Center in Oakland.
The names of the Estate and wines were inspired by Shakespeare’s King Richard II: “This blessed plot, this earth, this realm…”
Each individual bottle of the Estate Moonracer Cabernet Sauvignon has a unique label! Each label is totally unique, using a randomly selected combination of 3 data from different days throughout the growing season: temperature, wind speed and sun (Watts per square-metre). They are entered into a special programme that ‘translates’ them into a graphic. As there are countless millions of possible combinations each vintage, no two labels are ever alike!
Each label of the Moonracer Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is unique, produced using an algorithm created by Spanish digital-artist, Sergio Albiac.