Robert Mondavi believed that the path to a more gracious lifestyle leads through the appreciation of wine, food, and art. He believed that Napa Valley could be the center for that lifestyle, producing wines that belonged in the company of the great wines of the world, and wines that belonged at the family table.
Raised in a traditional Italian family, Robert Mondavi understood that sharing good wine and good food with family and friends is one of life’s great pleasures. He saw the potential of then unrecognized Napa Valley to be a pre-eminent winegrowing region and cultural hub for his vision.
In 1966, emboldened by boundless enthusiasm, he built the first major winery in the valley since prohibition: Robert Mondavi Winery. Since then the open arch of the Robert Mondavi Winery has welcomed thousands of guests to share in Robert’s love of wine, food, and art. Meanwhile, the Robert Mondavi collection of wines expanded to include Robert Mondavi Private Selection, and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi.
With the release of the Robert Mondavi Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon in the late 60’s the world’s eyes were opened to the potential of the Napa Valley. The historic Paris tasting in 1976, where two former winemakers of the Robert Mondavi Winery won first prize, further supported this revelation.
In 1979, Robert Mondavi established the Woodbridge Winery near his childhood home of Lodi, California and took the next step in a journey that would re-invent wine culture in America. The Robert Mondavi collection of wines was completed in1994 with the founding of Robert Mondavi Private Selection to showcase the high quality and varied character of California’s coastal grapes.
Robert Mondavi’s commitment to the industry and to promoting wine as part of a gracious lifestyle led to his "mission tour" in the late 1980s. He crossed the country, educating restaurateurs, media and most of all consumers on wine’s integral role in culture and civilization.
Through tireless winemaking innovation, an uncompromising eye for quality and unshakable faith in California’s vineyards, Robert Mondavi realized his vision of creating a collection of the most recognized and best-loved wines in the world. More importantly, he realized his vision of Napa Valley as the center of the worldwide wine and food culture that has enriched the lives of millions.
From Napa: Take Hwy 29 to Oakville. Pass Oakville Cross Road and Opus One (both on the right). Mondavi is the next property on the left side of the highway. Turn LEFT across the railroad tracks into the winery entrance.