In 2016, Robert Mondavi Winery celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Robert Mondavi was a pioneer in the Napa Valley Wine Industry before this famous California region had made a name for itself. Nicknamed “The Maestro,” Robert Mondavi orchestrated iconic wines as a legendary Napa Valley winemaker.
Legendary Winemaker Robert Mondavi Instrumental in Putting Napa Valley on the World Wine Map
Robert Mondavi established his winery in 1966, inspired by the belief that he could produce world-class wines in the Napa Valley. Today, Robert Mondavi Winery is recognized as a pioneer and industry leader that not only produces exceptional wines, but helped put Napa Valley on the map as one of North America’s most highly-regarded wine regions. The July 16 celebration commemorated this significant milestone at the winery where it all began 50 years ago. Robert Mondavi Winery has prepared a video short to commemorate the anniversary and pay tribute to the late Mr. Mondavi.
Back Vintages of Robert Mondavi Wines
In the reception room guests were greeted by a spectacular, multi-tiered 50th anniversary “wine cake,” featuring bottles from each vintage starting with 1966. Guests over 21 received a keepsake glass bearing the Robert Mondavi Winery logo, as well as three complimentary wine pours. Additional wines were available for purchase. There were three complimentary wine demonstrations throughout the day, led by Master of Wine (MW) Mark de Vere and Peter Marks and hosted in the winery’s To Kalon Cellar.
Food & Wine Pairings at Robert Mondavi Winery
The event also featured cooking demonstrations, highlighting the work of four renowned local chefs who each created a dish inspired by one of Robert Mondavi’s wines. Guest chefs included: Cindy Pawlcyn, Bob Hurley, Victor Scargle and Giovanni Guerrera. Food vendors were on site, offering a variety of delicious selections for purchase; Ring of Fire, Villa Corona, Marks the Spot, Cousins Lobster, Ben & Jerry’s, The Vintage Sweet Shoppe and Annie the Baker were among those who attended.
Entertainment and Education Marks the 50th Anniversary at Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley
Entertainment highlights included an art demonstration by local art teacher and Robert Mondavi wine educator Channing Rudd, as well as a number of live musical performances. Music began at 12:00 with Ballet Folklorico el Valle St. Helena, followed by River School World Percussion, Shelby Lanterman and Full Chizel.
Robert Mondavi Winery is located at 7801 St. Helena Highway in Oakville, Napa Valley, California, USA.
About Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley
Founded in 1966 by winemaking pioneer and icon Robert Mondavi, the winery that bears his name is an enduring presence and shining symbol of California’s Napa Valley. The first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition, Robert Mondavi Winery created the foundation for the modern-day California wine industry. An ardent believer that wines should reflect their origins, Mr. Mondavi charted a winemaking course that is now legendary. Today, Robert Mondavi Winery continues to pursue the fullest expression of the terroir of Napa Valley in wines that are also varietally authentic. At the heart and soul of the Robert Mondavi Winery is the To Kalon Vineyard, a 440-acre parcel of exceptional provenance that contributes to the winery’s Napa Valley, Oakville District, To Kalon vineyard-designated and Reserve wine programs. The site famously includes the five-acre I Block. Planted in 1945, it is believed to be the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in the New World. Visit their website for additional information about Robert Mondavi Winery.
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