Charles Krug Winery: The 4th Generation

Charles Krug Winery, the oldest and most iconic winery in the Napa Valley, is entering its fourth generation of Mondavi leadership. Or, as Angelina Mondavi puts it, “Between my grandfather, Peter Sr., and great uncle Robert, we have massive shoes to fill.”  

 The six heirs to the Charles Krug Winery — Angelina, Alycia, Riana and Giovanna (Marc Mondavi’s children) and Lucio and Lia (Peter Jr.’s children) — are making sure that the legacy of the winery remains intact, while continuing to innovate for the future.  

Currently, Angelina and Lucio sit on the board of the winery, but all of the 4th generation children are involved. Riana, who lives in Dallas, handles the winery’s restaurant relationships throughout the United States. Giovanna lives in Boston, but continues to hold tastings and events on the East Coast to build the brand of the winery. Alycia, who is local, like Angelina, participates in events on-site at the winery and around the neighboring communities within the Napa Valley. And they all have one goal in mind.  

“For us, it’s all about innovation. We’ve been about innovation since day one with Charles Krug. From Charles Krug using a cider press to make wine to my grandfather creating and really instilling cold fermentation — a process we still use in modern day winemaking. Now we’re looking at this next level. We have a beautiful estate and have amazing buildings that were built in the late 1800s. And what’s really cool about that, we get to teach people the history, because we don’t want it to be forgotten,” said Angelina.  

This quote though, also touches on something important to Charles Krug Winery. While innovation is discussed, which points to progression and the future, there is a looking back at its classic past and successful history. This remains at the forefront of the very innovative yet historic winery.  

“For us, it’s all about innovation. We’ve been about innovation since day one with Charles Krug. From Charles Krug using a cider press to make wine to my grandfather creating and really instilling cold fermentation — a process we still use in modern day winemaking. Now we’re looking at this next level. We have a beautiful estate and have amazing buildings that were built in the late 1800s. And what’s really cool about that, we get to teach people the history, because we don’t want it to be forgotten,” said Angelina.  

This quote though, also touches on something important to Charles Krug Winery. While innovation is discussed, which points to progression and the future, there is a looking back at its classic past and successful history. This remains at the forefront of the very innovative yet historic winery.  

For example, Charles Krug installed solar panels at the winery and has taken every measure possible to be Napa Green certified. However, they continue to honor their legacies by showing off the estate’s original architecture and design, like the historic Redwood Cellar Tasting Room, recently renovated with the winery’s Redwood barrel staves dating back to the 1940s. Or even the new renovations of the Carriage House, which opens it doors to special events, such as being a screening venue for the Napa Valley Film Festival.  

By | 2017-11-03T18:15:06+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|News|1 Comment

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  1. Thomas Vedder November 4, 2017 at 9:39 AM - Reply

    Amazing wine and truly a NV gem. We come from the South Bay every few weeks. Treated like family every visit.

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