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The House of Mondavi: How an American Wine Empire Was Born

The House of Mondavi How an American Wine Empire Was Born Longreads


Fired from Krug without any significant severance pay, Robert was under severe financial pressure. With construction costs mounting, he sought to produce cash flow as quickly as possible. So he set an ambitious timeline. He was determined to bring in the harvest that first year and crush grapes to make the Robert Mondavi Winery’s first vintage. From groundbreaking to crush, he had two, or perhaps three, months at most. Although Robert had probably not fully formed his intentions for the new winery in 1966, even by then the people who were helping him to make it happen recognized that his dreams were lofty.

“It was not meant to be a small winery and it was not meant to be a family winery.”“From the beginning, the Robert Mondavi Winery was meant to reach out,” says Winiarski.

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I wonder if they've ever been referred to as "big wine".

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