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Robert Gerald Mondavi

  • Birth 18 Jun 1913 Virginia, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 16 May 2008 Yountville, Napa County, California, USA
  • Burial Saint Helena, Napa County, California, USA
  • Plot Lot 32 Block 13
  • Memorial ID 26869979

Vintner. An icon in the wine industry, after helping his family build a successful winery in California, formerly the Charles Krug vineyard, he was ousted by his brother in 1965. The following year at age 52 he established his own vineyard and brand, Robert Mondavi Winery, in the Napa Valley town of Oakville with the purchase of the To Kalon vineyard originally established in 1868 by H.W. Crabb. There he successfully developed a number of premium wines that culminated with the Grand European Jury Wine Tasting of 1997 selecting his Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Reserve and ranking it number one. Rising competition in the industry resulted in company being bought out for $1.3 billion in 2004. After retiring from winemaking, he traveled the world well into his 90s promoting the cultural, social and health benefits of wine -- California wines. Inducted into both the national Vintners Hall of Fame and the California State Hall of Fame in 2007. Died in Yountville, California.

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  • Originally Created by: Fred Beisser
  • Added: 16 May 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26869979
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Gerald Mondavi (18 Jun 1913–16 May 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26869979, citing Saint Helena Cemetery, Saint Helena, Napa County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .