1969 Summer Concert
Some wineries take decades to perfect their craft and collect any accolades. Not Robert Mondavi Winery. In 1972, the winery’s 1969 Cabernet Sauvignon was named the top wine of the year by the Los Angeles Times. It was an incredible award for a wine produced just three years into the winery’s life.
Many more accolades would follow, both for the winery as well as its charismatic owner and namesake. Robert Mondavi was never content simply to operate his own winery, he wanted to shake up the entire industry - and that he did. Through his own winemaking as well as education and other ventures, he became synonymous with Californian winemaking.
All the while, Robert Mondavi Winery remained one of the top places to visit in the Napa Valley. Despite its success, Robert Mondavi Winery never rested on its laurels, and instead worked to always be at the cutting edge of the wine industry. For example, it was one of the earliest wineries to embrace environmental sustainability, way back in 1992.
In 1997, longtime friend and employee of Robert Mondavi Winery, Genevieve Janssen, took over as head of winemaking. She remains at the helm to this day, assisted by a number of Mondavi family members.
Although the winery was extensively renovated around the turn of the millennia, it has remained true to its values and identity. It seems clear that it will remain a key part of the Napa Valley for many years to come.