Peter Mondavi, Former CEO of Charles Krug wineries and a world renowned vintner in the Napa Valley wine making scene, has died at the age of 101.
Mondavi led the efforts which took the perception of California wine from cheap and low quality to world class. He was responsible for utilizing new techniques in wine making, such as sterile filtration and cold fermentation, as well as being the first to import french oak barrels for aging the wines. In 1965, he and his brother Robert entered into a fist fight, which started the legendary Mondavi wineries. Later on, he and his brother would reconcile before his brother’s death back in 2008.
Mondavi credited his age to good genes, hard work, pasta bolognese and a glass of Cabernet everyday. He is survived by his two sons: Peter Jr. and Marc and his daughter Siena.