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The Robert G. Mondavi Papers (1925-2008) document Robert Mondavi’s work as a spokesman for wine and winemaking in the late twentieth century. Mondavi was highly influential in redefining the place of wine in American food culture and promoting California wines throughout the world. The collection includes extensive correspondence from winemakers, family members, employees of the Robert Mondavi Winery, and contacts worldwide. The papers also include biographical material, speeches and travel files, and information on COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts.

The Robert G. Mondavi Papers were donated to the University of California, Davis in 2011 by The Robert G. Mondavi Trust. Cataloging and preservation work on the Robert Mondavi Papers was funded by generous donations from the Robert Mondavi Trust, Margrit Mondavi, and supporting friends, 2011.

Robert G. Mondavi (1913-2008) was a winemaker based in Napa Valley, California. He was one of the most influential figures in the American wine world of the late twentieth century. From the launch of the Robert Mondavi Winery in 1966 to his later role as spokesman for wine, Robert Mondavi redefined the place of wine in American food culture.

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The Robert G. Mondavi Papers document the life and work of California winemaker and innovator Robert Mondavi. Robert Mondavi’s influence in redefining the place of wine in American food culture and promoting California wines throughout the world is reflected well in the collection. The papers also document Robert Mondavi’s work with Baron Philippe de Rothschild to launch the Opus One joint venture, which was a major step in closing the cultural gap between winemaking traditions of the old world and the new.

Papers related to winery businesses remain with their respective companies.

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The Robert G. Mondavi Papers are located in the Department of Special Collections at the University of California, Davis. The papers are available for research during the department’s open hours, Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM. Holiday hours may vary; please call ahead to verify.

A guide to the contents of the Robert G. Mondavi Papers is located at the Online Archive of California:

For reference assistance and other inquiries, please contact us at:

Special Collections Department
Shields Library, University of California
100 N.W. Quad, Davis, CA 95616-5292
(530) 752-1621; Fax (530) 754-5758
SpecColl@ucdavis.edu

Cataloging and preservation work on the Robert Mondavi Papers was funded by generous donations from the Robert Mondavi Trust, Margrit Mondavi, and supporting friends. These donations enabled Special Collections to incorporate the collection into its new home, mount an exhibit, and develop this website.

Special Collections would be pleased to accept papers relating to Robert Mondavi’s life and legacy that you might have in your possession. We are also interested in other viticulture and enology business records, personal papers, and photographs.

Funds to support projects related to the collections such as cataloging, preservation work, exhibits, digitization, and educational outreach are gratefully received.

To make a donation to Special Collections, please visit our Donations page or contact:

Special Collections
Shields Library, University of California
100 N.W. Quad, Davis, CA 95616-5292
(530) 752‑1621
speccoll@ucdavis.edu