Oldest Winery in Napa Valley Remains Unharmed And Hopeful for the Future of California Wine
Napa, Calif., October 19, 2017 — Charles Krug Winery, the oldest winery in Napa Valley and first tasting room in California, is grateful to announce that their infrastructure and team of employees remain safe after the recent series of Northern California Wildfires. As of Wednesday morning, 42 lives were lost, an estimated 5,700 structures, and more than 245,000 acres of land have been destroyed across various regions of wine country, including the Napa Valley. The C. Mondavi & Family owned winery, under the direction of co-proprietors Peter Jr. and Marc Mondavi, expresses their most heartfelt wishes and thoughts to the entirety of the Northern California community. “Thank you for all the calls, texts and emails checking in on Charles Krug Winery. We are so thankful for your support and concern. Although there were some close calls, the winery is unscathed and in good shape, as are all of our vineyards,” notes Peter Mondavi Jr, “We applaud the inspiring work of first responders, firefighters, and volunteers who have helped so many people get back on their feet as this whole area starts the return to normalcy.”
The population of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino is as enthusiastic and committed to their home as any other in the world; there is no group more well-equipped to recover from an event like this. “We take pride in being a hearty and resilient breed here in Wine Country, and also one of tremendous empathy and community,” continues Peter Mondavi Jr. “We encourage those outside of Northern California to share in this pride not only with donations to relief efforts, but with a glass of great California wine.”
Charles Krug winery will be donating 20% of its tasting room sales in the month of November—up to $20,000—to the Napa Valley Community Foundation. The Winery is naming the initiative its “Thanks. Giving.” effort, and asks those who are able to join in with their partners in supporting the rebuilding effort that is soon to take place across all of wine country and much of Northern California. Elsewhere, the Sonoma County Resilience Fund, the Napa Valley Community Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Mendocino County are all accepting monetary donations to aid in rebuilding efforts and to support those who were impacted by the fire. Additionally, the Redwood Credit Union has set up a relief fund to help individuals in the area.
C. Mondavi & Family CEO Judd Wallenbrock emphasizes the importance of supporting the wine regions in the aftermath of this tragic week. “Everyone can help support the recovery process for our beloved region by keeping California Wine Country in your travel plans — visit wineries, organize a weekend trip to the region, dine out at restaurants and continue to drink Napa wine.”
About Charles Krug:
In 1943, Italian immigrants Cesare and Rosa Mondavi purchased the historic Charles Krug property, the oldest winery in the Napa Valley and longest-running tasting room in California. The brand was built on a foundation of family values, hard work and a European winemaking tradition; it remains a family-owned winery today, producing estate-driven, top of the line Napa Valley wines. The wineries are under the direction of Peter Mondavi Jr. and Marc Mondavi, who steward the family business passed to them by their father, legendary Napa Valley wine icon Peter Mondavi Sr. The family is now proudly welcoming members of the fourth generation to the business, continuing a legacy started over 70 years ago and setting a foundation for generations to come. For additional information, please visit www.charleskrug.com/