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Robert Mondavi: A life that wine built

Mondavi: A life
that wine built

1913: Born in Minnesota to Cesare and Rosa Mondavi.

1919: Cesare Mondavi begins a wholesale business in Lodi, Calif., buying and shipping grapes to home winemakers as Prohibition begins. The family follows him there in 1923.

1933: Cesare Mondavi buys a share in the Sunny St. Helena Winery. Robert begins working in the Napa Valley winery in 1936 after graduating from Stanford University.

1940: Named manager, Sunny St. Helena Winery.

1943: Cesare Mondavi buys the venerable Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena. Robert and his brother, Peter, build major roles at the winery.

1965: Ousted from Charles Krug.

1966: Establishes his own eponymous winery in Oakville.

1980: Opus One, a joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, is announced.

1993: Robert Mondavi Corp. goes public.

2004: Constellation Brands purchases Robert Mondavi Corp.

2005: Joins two of his children, Tim and Marcia, in launching Continuum Estate.

2008: Dies May 16 in Yountville, age 94.

SOURCE: “The House of Mondavi”; Tribune Newspapers archives; Continuum Estate website

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