A Family Tradition

In 1999, Michael, Isabel, Dina and Rob Mondavi purchased the Animo vineyard in Atlas Peak, thereby marking the first chapter of the Michael Mondavi Family Estate. Today, the family-owned estate is comprised of two distinct Napa Valley vineyards with unique growing conditions and terroirs, and its portfolio includes wines produced under the Isabel Mondavi, Emblem, Animo and “M” by Michael Mondavi labels.

 

Four generations of passion and experience have come together to create the winery and our wines.  It started in 1919 when Michael Mondavi's grandfather, Cesare, was elected to find grapes and winemaking supplies for families to make wine legally during Prohibition.  Thus, in Lodi, California, the Mondavi family began their foray into California winemaking.

Cesare's son, Robert, joined the family wine business while in high school.  In 1966, Robert and his eldest son, Michael, founded the Robert Mondavi Winery, establishing themselves as innovators in winemaking, and accomplishing their goal of bringing California wines the world recognition they deserved.  Michael made wines for the first eight harvests at Robert Mondavi Winery and then later took the helm of Sales and Marketing.  Known as global emissaries of California wine, Robert and Michael have dedicated their lives to creating a fine wine culture in America.  The Robert Mondavi Winery went public in 1994, and Michael served as President, CEO and Chairman until he left in 2004 to start his own winery.

Today, with son Rob Mondavi, Jr. at the winemaking helm, Michael and the family craft a collection of world-class wines at the Michael Mondavi Family Estate.

 

Support your local Bay Area Green Businesses.  Michael Mondavi Family Estate is proud to be a Napa Green Certified Winery.

 

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