Napa Valley and the wine industry in California two names will always be in that discussion, Charles Krug and Mondavi.
The Peter Mondavi Family officially embarked on the next phase of the restoration project of the Redwood Cellar at Charles Krug Winery
last Tuesday when Peter Mondavi Sr., sons Marc and Peter Jr. and their
families, joined Napa Valley architect Howard Backen and Tom Andrews of
Andrews and Thornley General Contractors to break ground for Charles
Krug’s new hospitality center. Backen and his firm Backen, Gillam &
Kroeger Architects designed Charles Krug’s new tasting room and visitor
center to be located inside the heritage building at the winery in St.
Peter Mondavi Sr. jauntily pointed his golden shovel into the dirt
for the ceremonial groundbreaking photo, and then encouraged the
assembled construction team to get to work. “I don’t want to wait
forever!” quipped the lively 97-year-old vintner.
Howard Backen's blueprints for the project reveal an intricate
lacework of exposed historic rafters and, beyond the mezzanine, views of
the Peter Mondavi Family’s reserve Bordeaux barrel aging room through
floor-to-ceiling glass walls. A towering 9000-gallon redwood aging tank
and period bird-cage style elevator will be focal points, and recycled
redwood from vintage wine tanks originally installed in the 1940’s, and
other historical elements, will be preserved and incorporated into the
design. In addition to several wine lounges, there will be a state of
the art open professional kitchen, a casual eatery offering regionally
sourced picnic fare inspired by the family’s Italian heritage, and a
picnic area with views of surrounding vineyards and Mount St. Helena.
The hospitality center project is budgeted at $6 million. The Peter
Mondavi Family recently completed a $9.6 million earthquake retrofit and
exterior restoration of the Redwood Cellar and Charles Krug’s other
heritage structure, the 1881 Carriage House. The Redwood Cellar and
Carriage House represent the birthplace of the Napa Valley wine
industry; both are California Historic Landmarks and on the National
Register of Historic Places.
Charles Krug Winery’s storied history traces the transformation of
the Napa Valley from “Wild West” to Wine Country destination. With a
legacy of nearly 70 years at Charles Krug, the Peter Mondavi Family’s
continuing restoration project is part of a complete recasting of this
esteemed Napa Valley winery. Having extensively replanted its vineyards
with a focus on noble red Bordeaux varietals, the family is now
practicing sustainable viticulture on its 850 prime Napa Valley acres.
Those efforts to steward the land and preserve the winery's historical
legacy are earning new respect for a family long identified with
The winery’s hospitality staff will continue to welcome visitors at
the existing tasting room during construction. To learn more about
Charles Krug Winery and the vision of Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, visit www.charleskrug.com.