Angelina Mondavi is at the forefront of a new generation of winemakers in Napa Valley. She began her career at the age of 10 assisting the lab manager at her family’s winery, C. Mondavi & Family. After graduating from high school, she attended Villanova University and majored in chemistry with a minor in business to create a solid foundation for her future in the wine industry.
Angelina’s first job after graduation was with Hess Collection where she worked as a lab rat during harvest. She then took a harvest position at the Yalumba Wine Company in Barossa Valley, Australia where she continued to expand her knowledge. While in Australia, she earned a Master’s Degree in Oenology and Viticulture from the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus.
Since 2007, she has experienced many adventures; starting with assistant winemaker at Pine Ridge Vineyards, and since 2010 she makes wine under the tutelage of Jayson Woodbridge for One True Vine, LLC. There she is responsible for Hundred Acre, Cherry Pie, and Layer Cake. In addition to her full time job at One True Vine, she has a joint venture with her cousin, Robert Mondavi Jr., called Fourth Leaf. To round out her experiences, she is the winemaker and co-proprietor for Dark Matter Wines, a joint venture with her three sisters. As a result of her hard work, Dark Matter Wines recently released their fifth vintage, a 2009 Howell Mountain Zinfandel, and soon to be inaugural release of the 2011 Howell Mountain Dark Matter Limitless Cabernet Sauvignon.