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Peter Mondavi, Napa Valley Wine Pioneer, Dies at 101

February 22, 2016

Peter Mondavi Sr., a Napa Valley pioneer who steered his family’s Charles Krug Winery through more than a half-century of revolutionary change in the American wine industry, died February 20 at his home in St. Helena, on the Charles Krug estate, surrounded by his family. He was 101.

Mondavi began his career when Napa Valley was chiefly known for inexpensive jug wine. In 1943, his Italian immigrant parents purchased Charles Krug Winery, which dated back to 1861. Mondavi worked the property with his family and eventually assumed the role of president and CEO upon his mother’s death in 1976.

He wouldn’t retire until 2015, at age 100. His family called him the Energizer Bunny. “Every day I go to the office and see what’s going on, sign some checks and taste the wines to make sure we’re moving in the right direction,” Mondavi told Wine Spectator in 2013, just before he turned 99.

Wine Spectator has more on Mondavi’s remarkable life and career.

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