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Robert G. Mondavi

Robert Mondavi Winery

1966 - 1990

Food & Tobacco

1960 b. 1914
UndergraduateStanford University
BirthplaceMinnesota (MN)
FatherOwner, Small Business
Era - 1960

Founding his winery in 1966, Mondavi is credited with putting California wineries on par with the “best in the world.” Prior to Mondavi, U. S. wines were considered “cheap imitations” at best. He was a tireless promoter of the Napa Valley and developed a reputation for consistent, high quality. Starting as a small premium winery, Mondavi built one of the largest, most respected wineries in the United States, producing over 500,000 cases of quality wine varieties per year.