Charles Krug Winery
Established in 1861, Charles Krug Winery was the first commercial producer in the Napa Valley. Founder Charles Krug was a German immigrant who was renowned in the local winemaking community.
Peter Mondavi Sr. is the current owner of this historic property. He graduated from Stanford in 1937 and went on to study winemaking and grape growing at UC Berkeley. Mondavi was noted for his work on cold fermentation techniques during these years.
After growing and shipping grapes out of Lodi for several years, Peter’s father, Cesare, bought Charles Krug Winery in 1943. After serving in WWII, Peter returned home to work with his parents and brother, Robert.
The two brothers had a falling out and Robert went on to establish his winery in Oakville while Peter took over Charles Krug from his parents in 1966. They have since reconciled and even made a joint wine together which they sold at charity auctions.
Three generations of Mondavis have been involved in running the winery and tending to the 850 acres of estate vineyards. Peter’s son, Peter Jr., now handles many of the day-to-day operations and decisions. Charles Krug specializes in producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.