The Robert Mondavi Winery is located in Napa Valley, California. The winery was founded by Napa Valley wine pioneer, Robert Mondavi, who purchased it in 1965 and began operating the winery in 1966. It was Napa Valley's first major post-Prohibition winery. Mondavi also partnered with several others in Napa Valley and internationally to produce various wine brands, most of which were sold to the corporate beverage giant, Constellation Brands, in 2004.
Robert Mondavi's Wine Brands
It was Mondavi's goal to produce premium wines that could compete with the great wines from France and the Old World. Along with the Robert Mondavi Winery, which is located in Oakville, CA, he created a few other known wine brands as well.
Robert Mondavi Winery
This is the winery that bears its founder's name, and it's been in continuous operation since the mid-1960s. Currently, Robert Mondavi Winery produces four tiers of wines at different price points including Reserve, Oakville District, Napa Valley, and Winery Exclusive. In each of these tiers, you'll find a number of wine varietals including:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Fumé Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc)
- Pinot Noir
- Cabernet Franc
- Red blends
In 2019, Robert Mondavi Winery was awarded the Best Vineyard in North America. Currently, Constellation Brands owns the Robert Mondavi Winery.
Opus One Winery
Opus One Winery is a premium winery located in the Napa Valley that began as a joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Bordeaux First Growth winemaker Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Located in Oakville, the winery makes one eponymous ultra-premium wine that is much lauded and quite expensive. The wine is a California take on a classic Bordeaux blend containing Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Malbec aged for at least 18 months in new French oak. Typically, a bottle of Opus One will set you back more than $200, and the wine usually receives ratings in the low to mid-90s. Today, Opus One Winery is jointly owned by Rothschild and Constellation Brands.
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi
Mondavi founded the Woodbridge Winery in the late 1970s. His goal with the winery, located in Lodi, was to create delicious, high-quality everyday wines people could both afford to drink regularly. The winery produces inexpensive wines, and you'll easily find them in local grocery and liquor stores. Constellation Brands currently owns Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi. Wines made by Woodbridge include:
Robert Mondavi Private Selection
Mondavi founded Robert Mondavi Private Selection in the 1990s. The brand was focused on showing the character of local grapes in reasonably priced wines. Constellation Brands currently owns the Robert Mondavi Private Selection. The winery produces a line of spirits-barrel aged wines, as well as other premium wines. Wines include:
- Bourbon barrel aged Cabernet Sauvignon
- Bourbon barrel aged Chardonnay
- Rum barrel aged Merlot
- Rye barrel aged red blend
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pinot Noir
- Red blend
Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks
Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks makes wines exclusively for restaurants and resorts. The wines are sustainably farmed. Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks is currently owned by Constellation Brands.
Robert Mondavi started Continuum Estate with his son Tim and Tim's wife Marcia after the sale of the Robert Mondavi brand to Constellation in the early 2000s. While Robert Mondavi died in 2008, Tim and Marcia continue to run the winery, which produces the following wines:
- Continuum is a high-quality Bordeaux blend made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Merlot. The wine is well-received by critics, garnering ratings in the mid-90 point range for many vintages since its release. Releases prices are usually in excess of $120.
- Novicium is produced from younger vines than Continuum. It's a Bordeaux blend made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. The release price tends to be around $100, and the wine typically receives critic's ratings in the low-90 point range.
Before the sale to Constellation, Mondavi also partnered in international wineries including:
Visiting Robert Mondavi Winery
While the Mondavi family no longer owns the winery that bears its founder's name, Robert Mondavi continued as chairman emeritus and brand ambassador after the sale to Constellation in 2004. The winery remains in operation, however, and is a popular stop for Napa Valley wine tourists. The winery and store are open daily for tastings and tours from 10 AM to 5 PM (winery) and 10 AM to 6 PM (store).
Signature Tasting and Tour
The signature tasting and tour costs $45 per person and features a 75-minute guided tour of the winery and tasting of three wines. Reservations are recommended for the tour. The experience is also offered in Mandarin Chinese.
Discovery Tour and Tasting
Walk-in visitors can enjoy the Discovery Tour and Tasting, which doesn't require reservations. For $25, visitors can enjoy a 30-minute tour and taste two wines.
To Kalon Vineyard Bicycle Tour
The To Kalon Vineyard is Mondavi's famous vineyard, and for $95 per person (reservations required), you can take a guided bicycle tour and sample two wines in a 2-hour experience.
Art Collection Tour
The winery is also known for its impressive art collection. With reservations and a $30 per person fee, visitors can enjoy a 60-minute guided tour of the winery's permanent art collection while tasting two wines.
The winery also hosts several events throughout the year including summer concerts, food and wine experiences, and holiday activities.
Robert Mondavi's Wine Legacy
As a pioneer in California's post-prohibition wine industry, Robert Mondavi remains an icon in American winemaking. While many of his holdings were sold in 2004, the products still proudly bear the name of a Napa Valley wine legend.