Famed vintner Robert Mondavi, credited with leading California wine into international prominence, died peacefully today in his Yountville, CA, home at the age of 94.
Mondavi was well known not only for his extraordinary wines, but also for being an enthusiastic ambassador of the health benefits of wine consumption, as well as the cultural and social benefits of wine.
Raised on a family vineyard in Lodi, CA, in 1966 Robert purchased his own vineyard in Napa Valley where he championed the use of cold fermentation, stainless steel tanks, and French oak barrels. In a career that spanned eight decades, Mondavi often led by example, setting lofty goals for his winery and inspiring California wine makers to make wines that would compete with the best in the world. Mondavi traveled tirelessly in an effort to promote California wines as world class wines, as good as the best of Europe, and made true believers out of millions of wine lovers.
Robert Mondavi left an indelible legacy, and will always be remembered by his energy, enthusiasm, and vision.