Peter Mondavi Sr., president of the Charles Krug Winery in Napa Valley, died last Saturday at the age of 101.
Peter was born to Italian immigrants Cesare and Rosa Mondavi in Virginia, Minnesota in 1914. His first job in the wine trade was nailing together crates for his father’s grape shipping business during Prohibition.
The family bought the Krug Winery in 1943, which Peter helped run with his now-famous brother Robert Mondavi, who left Krug to start his namesake winery in Oakville in 1966. Peter became president of Krug upon his mother’s death in 1976.
Peter pioneered several advances in California wine, including cold fermentation of white wines, aging red wine in small French oak barrels, and was among the first to put vintage dates on varietal wines.
His sons, Marc and Peter Jr., now continue the family legacy at Krug.