New winemaker brings vast experience across a wide range of appellations, varieties and styles
Napa, CA, September 7, 2016—CK Mondavi is pleased to announce that Charles Gilmore has been appointed head winemaker. Gilmore comes to CK Mondavi from Fetzer Vineyards where he served as winemaker for the past twelve years. He is replacing longtime head winemaker, John Moynier, who has worked at CK Mondavi for more than 30 years and will work alongside Gilmore before retiring later this year.
“Charlie’s vast experience producing a wide range of varietals and working in diverse wine regions is a perfect fit for CK Mondavi,” said Marc Mondavi, Co-Proprietor of CK Mondavi. “Our family is thrilled to welcome him into the CK Mondavi family.”
As the newest winemaker in the seven-decade history of CK Mondavi, Gilmore brings insight and expertise on a wide range of grape varieties, styles and price-points. Gilmore also brings extensive experience in sourcing fruit from diverse areas of California, ranging from Mendocino and Lake Counties, to the Central Coast and throughout the Central Valley.
Gilmore has seventeen years of winery experience. Most recently he served as senior winemaker at Fetzer Vineyards. Prior to Fetzer, he spent time with St. Hallett’s & Tattachilla in the Barossa Valley of Australia, as well as working with a consulting winemaker in Southern France. He also served as a laboratory intern and assistant at several wineries including Gundlach Bundschu, Rosenblum Cellars, Cakebread Cellars, and Artesa Vineyards and Winery. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis.
“I love making wines for everyday enjoyment and I am excited to build on John Moynier’s 30-year legacy with CK Mondavi,” said Gilmore. “As a winemaker it’s exciting to be involved with a brand that has such a strong history and I look forward to producing the multiple varieties and styles that CK Mondavi offers.”
The CK Mondavi portfolio consists of the most popular varieties of wines that are handcrafted under the close stewardship of the Peter Mondavi Sr. family. The wines are made with grapes grown on the family’s 1,850 acres of vineyards and from California family winegrowers that the Mondavi’s have had partnerships with for generations. CK Mondavi produces wines that are consistent, vintage-to-vintage, providing consumers with a value and quality they can trust. Wine produced include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Scarlet Five red blend, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc, and White Zinfandel. All CK Mondavi wines sell for a suggested retail price of $6.99.
About CK Mondavi
CK Mondavi wines are produced in the Napa Valley by the iconic C. Mondavi & Family. Established in the 1940s by Italian immigrants Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, C. Mondavi & Family remains a family-owned business that has thrived for generations to produce fine wines for a variety of occasions and consumers. The family is now proudly welcoming members of the fourth generation to the business, continuing a legacy started over 70 years ago. 100% American grown and bottled, the CK Mondavi portfolio consists of the most popular varieties of wines that are handcrafted under the close stewardship of the Peter Mondavi Sr. family. A large portion of the grapes are grown on the family’s 1,850 acres of vineyards, or are sourced from vineyards that the family has had partnerships with for generations. CK Mondavi wines are consistent, vintage-to-vintage, providing consumers with a value and quality they can trust. They can be found online at CKMondavi.com, or on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram @CKMondaviWines.