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Upholding Tradition



Peter Mondavi, Jr. restores Charles Krug and continues the family legacy.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

True to the Peter Mondavi’s humble style, the Peter Mondavi Family’s winery is not named after Mondavi. Instead is named, “Charles Krug” for its founder.

Krug founded the winery in St. Helena in 1861. After Prohibition, in 1943, Cesare Mondavi purchased the 147-acre property and ran the winery with his two sons, Robert and Peter. The two brothers parted ways after their father’s death. Peter stayed at Charles Krug, and Robert went on to found his Robert Mondavi Winery. Today at the age of 96, Peter Mondavi, Sr. is the last of the “12 Living Legends of the Napa Valley.” His son and third generation vintner Peter Mondavi, Jr. was raised on this historic winery property. And most recently he has overseen the recent $21.6 million winery and vineyard project, which includes replanting the family's 850 acres of prized Napa Valley land and upgrading winemaking operations.

Celebrate 2011 and the 150th Anniversary of Charles Krug with one of their wines. Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc 2009 is banana in color with lively notes of pineapple, lemon, peach and pear ($18). Aromas and flavors of chocolate, orange, and coffee in Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville Napa Valley 2007 ($27). And the Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations 2007 is an elegant, food friendly, blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc ($50).

Published, B-Metro magazine, December 2010

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