Peter Mondavi Jr. is the second son of Peter and Blanche Mondavi and grandson of Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, the Napa Valley pioneers who purchased the historic Charles Krug Winery in 1943. As co-proprietor with his brother Marc, he works on issues of strategic importance, including stewardship of the family legacy.
Born in 1958, Peter grew up on the winery property. “I was born and raised around grapes, wine and food. It has always been part of me,” says Peter. His education began at the winery, at a very young age, where he and Marc sanded fermenting tanks, unpacked glasses, worked in the winery’s laboratory and cellar, and drove tractors through the vineyards.
He may have started his education at the winery, but following in his father's footsteps, he attended Stanford University, earning a BS in mechanical engineering, an MS in engineering management and an MBA a decade later. His engineering background has proved a valuable asset to the winery as he has directed a number of key design projects, including the development of a state-of-the-art winemaking facility. His business education has also greatly contributed to the development and execution of the company's long-term strategic plan.
Peter spearheads the stewardship of the historic Charles Krug Winery and vineyards. Peter’s passion is working to reinforce Charles Krug Winery as one of Napa Valley's great wine estates, centering on the family's tradition of innovation and quality. As Peter says, “Between Marc and I, we have been making wine from grapes grown on our vineyards for decades. There’s a love and dedication here that you can taste in the wine.”