Madaiah Revana has quite the reputation in Lake Houston as the area’s first and leading cardiologist. The go-to physician for anything related to the heart and veins.
What most of Lake Houston doesn’t know is that Dr. Revana is a determined and dedicated winemaker, too.
“My friends introduced me to fine wine. I developed a passion for it in the early 1990s,” he recalls. “I began collecting fine Bordeaux and eventually traveled to Tuscany in central Italy, home to some of the world’s most notable wine regions.”
Vineyards fascinated Dr. Revana. He decided to start his own.
“I visited Napa Valley California in 1998 and purchased 10 acres of land in St. Helena,” he says.
Determined to create a vineyard estate from which he could craft his own world-class wines, Dr. Revana hired viticulturist Jean Barbour and Heidi Barrett, crafting one of the best winery teams, and, in 1998, planted the first of his three vineyards.
“When I planted my first vineyard in 1998 in Napa, I focused on making world-class wines,” he says. “Only perfect Cabernet grapes are brought into my winery. We employ natural yeasts, gentle maceration and our wine team pays attention to every detail.”
The result is a unique wine crafted of purity, depth and character recognized throughout the country.
“We are a small producer of wine,” Dr. Revana says. “Most of our wines are sold directly from our winery and are purchased by collectors and served in high-end restaurants around the world.”
This stellar reputation gives Dr. Revana the opportunity to encounter numerous fascinating people, from around the world, that he might otherwise had never met.
Madaiah Revana grew up in a tiny village near Bangalore in south India until high school when he moved to the nearest town.
He studied hard, was an excellent student and graduated first in class at Mysore Medical College in Mysore, India. He interned at Coney Island Hospital affiliated with State University of New York Downstate Medical Center then completed his residency in internal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
A fellowship in cardiology at Baylor University Medical Center brought him to Texas and, eventually, to Humble and the Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital campus where he founded Humble Cardiology Associates as Lake Houston’s first cardiologist.
He is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiology, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Chest Physicians, a vascular specialist in the management and treatment of venous and arterial diseases in addition to cardiology, and an active investigator in numerous clinical trials and studies on cardiovascular-related topics.
Dr. Revana has two adult children, a son who works for a United States Senator, and a daughter who is an entrepreneur like her Dad, launching her own clothing line.
In addition to his original winery in Napa, Dr. Revana also has two additional wineries.
“Alexana Winery in Oregon is named after my daughter, Alexandra,” he says. “This winery produces award-winning world class Pino Noir, Chardonnay, Pino Gris and Riesling, and are highly rated by Wine Spectator magazine. I also have a winery in Mendoza Argentina, Corozon Del Sol named after my son, Arun. The Argentine winery produces Malbec, Bordeaux blend, Rhône blends, Grenache Rose and Syrah, and three of these wines recently were rated as Argentina’s top wines.”
Revana Family Vineyard’s reputation for masterful winemaking was launched in 2004 when Wine Spectator magazine, America’s largest-selling wine publication, featured Dr. Revana in an article spotlighting his 2001 vintage Revana Cabernet (first vintage).
“It was a dream come true. Revana Cabernet took off,” he says. “Our 2007 Revana Cabernet was rated 97 on a 100-point scale, rated number 4-best wine in a 100-wine list and the number 1 Cabernet in the World Top 100 list.”
Today, wines from his Revana Family Vineyard are served in fine restaurants throughout the United States.
“There’s a misconception that winery owners make a lot of money,” says Dr. Revana. “It takes a long time for a vineyard to produce. It is intense and you must have a lot of patience. It takes 10 or more years, usually, to break even.”
Running a successful cardiology practice and a world-class winery are stressful but Dr. Revana has surrounded himself with good people that help make his life much easier.
“I am a very intense person and work hard at what I do. I read about diverse topics. When I’m not reviewing cardiology or winemaking literature, I enjoy reading financial journals and began investing in the stock market in my 20s. This helped me take care of my family in India. I love to travel, too, to different cities, especially those serving my wine,” he says. “I exercise regularly, and I spend quality time with friends.”
Dr. Revana has no intention to end either of his passions.
“I am so happy with what I am doing,” he says. “Many patients tell me I saved their life. That’s very gratifying. I also receive compliments every week from people all over America telling me how much they enjoy my wine.”
Dr. Revana has the envious record of initiating two worthy enterprises, one that saves lives, the other that enriches lives.
“I will continue as long as I can with both my medical practice and the winery, and I look forward to my children taking over Revana Family Vineyard and continuing the legacy.”