A Collaboration Between Sisters
Dark Matter wines, first released in 2011 with our 2006 Zinfandel, is a collaboration between the four Mondavi sisters of the Peter Mondavi Sr. Family. As fourth generation Mondavis, we spent our childhood honing our ambitions and mastering the significance of hand-crafted wines.
Our great-grandparents, Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, purchased Charles Krug Winery shortly after the end of prohibition. It was Cesare and Rosa’s passion, determination, and vision that began to shape Napa Valley as one of California’s premium wine regions. Our grandparents, Peter Sr. and Blanche, took over the winery operations in 1966. After years of research, our grandfather introduced revolutionary winemaking techniques commonly used today, including cold fermentation, cold sterile filtration, and aging wine in French oak barrels – techniques we implement in the winemaking of Dark Matter Wines. At 100, our grandpa still works closely with our family to continue the legacy of the Mondavi Family. Although Dark Matter Wines is far from traditional, our mission is to create wines with the same passion and devotion as the generations before us.
We are forever grateful to our mentors that have helped to make this project a reality – Our Grandfather Peter Mondavi Sr., our Father Marc, our Mother Janice, Jayson Woodbridge owner of Hundred Acre, Kathy Simpson a Marketing Guru, and our viticulturist Jim Barbour.
“Dark Matter Wines is a nod to our family traditions with an edgy twist” – Alycia Mondavi