Margrit Mondavi, known for bringing the arts to Napa Valley, has died at 91 years old. Mondavi was married to Robert Mondavi, the pioneering winemaker who jumpstarted Napa’s wine industry. Together, the two are credited for leading Napa Valley into the place it is today, with an appreciation for the arts and a firm place in the world’s leading wines. Some of Mondavi’s accomplishments include founding the Robert Mondavi Winery Summer Music Festival and the Napa Valley Wine Auction, restoring the Napa Valley Opera House, and endowing a performing arts center and a wine and food science center to UC Davis.
Here’s how members of the industry are remembering this influential woman:
The French Laundry chef Thomas Keller
The First Lady of wine but also a friend. Long loved and admired, she will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/DE0gNxOO98— Thomas Keller (@Chef_Keller) September 3, 2016
The Restaurant at Meadowood director of communications Martina Kostow
Author of “The New California Wine” Jon Bonne
So sad to hear of the death of Margrit Mondavi. One of wine's grandes dames. https://t.co/JXhzrA9qmw 174022#.V8oPIsKCWS5.twitter null— Jon Bonne (@jbonne) September 2, 2016
CBS San Francisco Foodie Chap Liam Mayclem
#RIP MARGRIT MONDAVI— Liam Mayclem (@liammayclem) September 2, 2016
Raising a glass to a champion for the arts & living life to the fullest.
Sleep with the angels.https://t.co/Dkat6n36go
Dining Around podcast host Joel Riddell
The best moments in life are shared with the people you love - we will Miss you #MargritMondavi pic.twitter.com/qismP7HM9X— Joel Riddell (@joelriddell) September 3, 2016