Robert Mondavi Winery

By Published On: July 5th, 2022

Considered by Many as the Soul of Napa Valley Fine Wine

Robert Mondavi established his namesake winery in 1966 with a pioneering vision to create a collection of Napa Valley wines that could compete with the world’s finest.

With an uncompromising eye for quality, tireless innovation, and boundless enthusiasm, his vision was soon realized, and his name became nearly synonymous with California wine.

Since its founding, wine lovers have flocked to the landmark, mission-style Robert Mondavi Winery along Napa’s Highway 29 to enjoy some of the world’s finest luxury wines and elevated culinary experiences served with world-class hospitality.

Robert Mondavi Winery Entrance
Robert Mondavi Winery

WINE

Geneviève Janssens oversees a winemaking program that produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot,Chardonnay, Fumé Blanc, and Moscato d’Oro, with grapes made from iconic vineyards throughout the Napa Valley, the most important of which is at the heart of the Robert Mondavi Winery property – To Kalon Vineyard.

This 440-acre parcel of exceptional provenance contributes to the winery’s Napa Valley, Estate,      and To Kalon Reserve wine tiers. This first-growth vineyard has been named the Best Vineyard in North America and is renowned for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc in the world. 

The winery distributes to 90 countries worldwide.

Robert Mondavi Winery To Kalon Vineyard
To Kalon Vineyard

HOSPITALITY

Robert Mondavi Winery was one of the first wineries in the Valley to establish extensive guest tours and tastings. 

Through the decades, the winery has tailored a varied menu of visitor experiences (from cellar tastings, to twilight tours, to a To Kalon Vineyard bike excursion, to picnic lunches, to an art tour) offers something for everyone, from wine novices to enthusiasts alike.

For those expressly interested in the details of winemaking, the winery also offers specific educational experiences with an emphasis on wine evaluation, viticulture and terroir, and fermentation techniques 

Vineyard Room at Robert Mondavi Winery
Vineyard Room at Robert Mondavi Winery.

CULTURE

Mondavi and his wife Margrit believed in wine as art and that a glass is most fully appreciated when enjoyed in the company of the culinary, performing, and fine arts. Throughout the year, Robert Mondavi Winery offers a variety of cultural programs and events that salute wine, food, and the arts, including the Margrit Mondavi Summer Concert Series and ongoing art exhibits in the To Kalon Vineyard Room gallery.

A series of rotating art exhibits in the Margrit Mondavi Vineyard Room has encouraged talented unknowns and highlighted established names such as Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, and Nathan Oliveira. The winery’s permanent art collection includes bronze and marble sculptures of the late San Francisco artist Beniamino Bufano, as well as paintings by Napa Valley artists. 

ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY LEGACY 

Robert Mondavi Winery was and continues to be a world leader in winegrowing and winemaking innovations.

Robert Mondavi in Vineyard
Robert Mondavi in Vineyard.

The winery was the first to formally adopt a natural farming approach that extended beyond organic farming rules. In 1995, the winery and the Napa County Resource Conservation District created the Napa Sustainable Winegrowing Group (NSWG) to address environmental issues.

In 1998 the winery was the first to receive an “Innovator” award from California’s Environmental Protection Agency. And in the mid-1980s, Robert and his son Tim helped establish the clear and logical definitions of appellations within Napa Valley by evaluating fundamental geographic features, helping to create a meaningful structure of America’s Viticultural Areas.

Photos Courtesy: Robert Mondavi Winery.

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