The Robert G. Mondavi Papers document the life and work of California
winemaker and innovator Robert Mondavi (1913-2008). Mondavi was highly influential in redefining the
place of wine in American food culture and promoting California wines throughout the world. The
collection includes extensive correspondence from winemakers, family members, employees of the Robert
Mondavi Winery, and contacts worldwide. The collection also includes biographical material, his speeches
and travel files, and information on COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts.
Robert G. Mondavi (1913-2008) was a winemaker based in Napa Valley, California. He was one of the most
influential figures in the American wine world of the late twentieth century. Robert Mondavi was born in
Minnesota to Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, immigrants from the Marche region of Italy. He was one of four
siblings: two older sisters, Mary and Helen, and a younger brother, Peter. The family later moved to
Lodi, California, where all four Mondavi children attended Lodi High School. After high school, Robert
Mondavi went on to Stanford University, where he graduated in 1936 with a degree in economics and
business administration. After graduation from Stanford, Robert worked for a time at Sunny St. Helena
Winery (now Merryvale Vineyards), which his father Cesare had bought in 1935. In 1940, Robert Mondavi
married Marjorie Declusin; their children Robert Michael, Marcia, and Timothy were born in 1943, 1947,
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