Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery
7801 St. Helena Hwy
Oakville, CA  94562

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Tasting Room Open Daily, 10–5

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What to Buy

’14 Maestro
Dark plum, violet, unsweetened cocoa $50

’14 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Black fruit, cassis, allspice $165

’14 I Block Fumé Blanc
Asian pear, tangerine, marzipan $90

Special Notes

Corporate events, wine club discounts, winery exclusive wines, sustainable farming practices, culinary events, curated luxury experiences

Story

In 1966, Robert Mondavi founded his winery with the conviction that the Napa Valley could become a center for a gracious lifestyle embracing wine, food, and art. Throughout the 50 years that have since transpired, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the quintessential destination for Napa Valley visitors, who are drawn by the winery’s history, legacy of fine winemaking, stunning mission-inspired architecture by Cli May, and the robust menus of tours, tastings, and elevated wine programs.

There is a wide array of interactive ways for guests to learn more about Robert Mondavi wines. The Signature Tour and Tasting leads them along the path of the grape, from vineyard to cellar to bottle. The Exclusive Cellar Tasting gives wine collectors and aficionados a chance to taste limited production, Reserve, and older vintage wines. The Harvest of Joy Tour and Lunch treats guests to a tour of the winery and a three-course lunch paired with wines. The Twilight Tour takes visitors on a 90-minute sunset tour of the To Kalon Cellar and barrel aging rooms, followed by a tasting of Reserve and Spotlight wines with artisanal cheeses. No matter how visitors choose to spend time on the picturesque grounds, they should be sure to sample the newly released 50th-anniversary vintages. Maestro, a brand new Bordeaux blend, was specially crafted to honor the winery’s 50th milestone.

The main tasting bar, located in the winery’s spacious Vineyard Room, opens to several inviting patios where guests can relax and enjoy the beauty of the celebrated To Kalon Vineyard. It also serves as an exquisite cultural center, with visual arts exhibits, concerts, book signings, and culinary pairings.

Robert Mondavi’s vision to make the Napa Valley an international center for food, wine, and art has been realized, and it’s practiced impeccably each day at the winery that bears his name.

 

An Interview with Winery Chef Jeff Mosher

T&T: At Robert Mondavi Winery, you oversee an expansive culinary program. How do the wines inspire your menus and tasting options?

JM: The wines are the main source of inspiration for our menus. In a restaurant, the chef creates a dish first. Here we first try the wine and decide what foods will show it best. Often, it’s a very organic process. For example, we try a new Cabernet Sauvignon and it has a big tannic structure that tastes like it will age well, which makes me think of red wine braised short ribs, a rich unctuous preparation that would help to tame the young, robust tannins. We change the menus frequently and gain inspiration from many other sources for the dishes, but the wines always come first.

T&T: Please tell us more about the estate garden. How do you decide what to plant?

JM: The culinary garden consists of 20 4 foot by 18 foot raised beds, 15 or so fruit trees, and a few assorted plants in pots or planters on the perimeter. Our primary focus is to plant things that are either best when at their freshest or hard to obtain. After that we fill in with seasonal produce. In the summer, we grow a lot of tomatoes since they’re best if they never see refrigeration. The only way we can assure this is by growing them ourselves. The garden is an integral part of our food program and very important to me.

T&T: How do you plan a multicourse meal such as the Garden to Table Dinner or Five Decades Dinner?

JM: Again, we start with the wine. Next we consider the group we’ll be serving. Are there any specific wines they’re interested in, any special occasions they’re celebrating, or educational opportunities they’re seeking? And what is their connection to Robert Mondavi Winery? All of these factors influence menu selection. Next, we look at our garden and purveyors to identify our options and build a menu that has a progression from lighter to heavier dishes. We always strive to build experiences involving food that showcase the wines at their best—just as the winemakers intended.


Robert Mondavi Winery

Amenities

Tasting Room: Yes

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: Yes

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: Yes

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: Yes

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: Yes

Food / Wine Parings: Yes

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: Yes

Corp. Meetings: Yes

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: Yes

Events

Videos

Robert Mondavi Winery Tour

Take a tour of the first major Napa Valley winery built after Prohibition.

Robert Mondavi Winery – Margrit Mondavi Interview

Margrit Mondavi discusses the importance of the To Kalon Vineyard during the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve live webcast from Robert Mondavi Winery.

Robert Mondavi Winery's Fall Vegetable Risotto with Butternut Squash and Wild Mushrooms

This fall vegetable risotto is topped with Parmigiano Reggiano and served in a fresh pumpkin.