— There’s more to Napa Valley than just the fantastic soil. It’s the people who create a sense of community, a unique type of camaraderie that is specific to Napa Valley.
I’ll never forget the seductively aromatic Merlot from Pomerol, Bordeaux my parents shared with me at a family dinner when I was barely a teenager. The complexity of its bouquet and everlasting flavors piqued an interest like nothing else before.
My vision for our family legacy existed before I had even harvested my first vintage in 1989. After my 10th harvest, once we finally started construction on the winery and wine caves, I began outlining a family succession plan. As a single mother and sole provider for my four children, I was determined to have everything set in place as soon as possible, just in case. Moreover, I feel a moral responsibility to practice good land stewardship, to make sure the next generation receives the land in the best condition possible.
There’s more to Napa Valley than just the fantastic soil. It’s the people who create a sense of community, a unique type of camaraderie that is specific to Napa Valley. As an immigrant of European upbringing myself, I felt instantly that Napa was my “home away from home,” and I particularly appreciated the open sharing of information within the wine industry.
Margrit Biever Mondavi’s philosophical approach to life and enduring optimism is something I truly admire and have enjoyed throughout our friendship. Her love and support for the creative and culinary arts is a testament to her open-minded nature and the role she played in nurturing our community.
I have a Doctorate of Philosophy, and my thesis reviewed the concept of freedom and its evolution through the writings of the great philosophers from Thomas Aquinas through the Existentialists.
I planted 30 acres on Howell Mountain and built a winery more than 30 years ago, after my post-grad studies - all while raising four children as a single mother.
The opportunity arose to purchase land on Howell Mountain in 1986. By then, the infinite complexity of wine and its representation of the unique climate and terroir was my ever-increasing passion, and I somehow convinced my father to help me with a loan!