Robert Mondavi, a colossus of the Californian – and world – wine industry, has died aged 94.

Mondavi, the 'Father of Napa' and Decanter Man of the Year 1989, dominated California winemaking for decades. He was credited with – almost singlehandedly – making Napa the force it is in the global wine world.

He died at 3am today, 16 May, in hospital in Napa.


5/16/2008 10:36:33 pm

Whoa, that is saddening news and a loss to the wine community.

He lived 94 years and I guess his life should be celebrated, may be live that long and raise a glass to Robert Mondavi.


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