Charles Krug Winery ~ Peter Mondavi Family

It’s Winery Wednesday!

The third winery is…

Charles Krug

Peter Mondavi Family

Charles Krug Winery

Handsome and I happened upon the Charles Krug Winery.  We were checking out The Culinary Institute student farm, which happens to be located on the property of the Charles Krug Winery.  Once we were on the property, after we looked at the farm…we thought out loud, another wine tasting?  uh, YES!

Charles Krug historical signs

From the moment we walked into this historic, newly restored 1872 Redwood Cellar Tasting Room, we felt at home.  The tasting room has been decorated with the perfect blend of reclaimed clear heart redwood which was originally used on the family’s wine tanks {there is a original Redwood Wine Tank on site, it is huge! See below.} and contemporary decor.  Everyone at Charles Krug was so friendly and genuinely excited to share all the extraordinary in’s and out’s of this historic building and impressive wines.

Charles Krug original wine tank

There is even a trattoria located in the winery where you can grab a bite to eat or even have sweets paired with your Charles Krug wine.  The trattoria, Cucina di Rosa, is named after the winery’s matriarch Rosa Mondavi.  The Cucina carries items such as antipasti, panini, salads, and of course sweets.  They also serve a delicious Equator espresso.

Charles Krug Winery Cucina di Rosa

While I was taking to a very sweet woman who was showing me around the building and what was soon to be on the property outside {an outdoor seating area to enjoy the wine}, Handsome was speaking to Michael, a resident certified Sommelier about getting a private barrel tasting for us.  That is something I have always wanted to do. Michael brought us behind the glass wall and explained to us in detail the two wines we would be tasting.  I am by no means a wine expert, but the newly pressed barrel wines we tasted were delicious!  If they were for sale now, I would have bought a couple of bottles.  Sadly, these wines won’t be ready for quite some time, but when they are, we will be the first in line!

Charles Krug Barrel Tasting College

It was a incredible experience.  See what you can do if you just ask!Charles Krug Winery barrel glass of wine

Look at the legs on that wine!

This year on November 8 {the same day as mine}, Rosa son, Peter will celebrate his birthday, his 100th birthday!  Happy Birthday, Mr. Mondavi!

We were so lucky to stumble upon Charles Krug.  It is a winery I will go back to every time I visit the Napa Valley!

Charles Krug

2800 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574



  1. Cathy Chester says:

    I love trips to Napa and intimate tours of wineries. I’ve been there 3 times and I never tire of it. I’m ready to go back! This looks so interesting and I’m glad you had a wonderful and fascinating tour.

  2. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs says:

    Kudos to your husband for asking! What a special experience. The wine looks delicious (and is making me want a glass at 8 in the morning!), but the architecture of these places you’ve been sharing just floors me! So lovely, so inviting. I think I shall now officially live vicariously through you. I look forward to the next winery!

  3. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    I have been to Napa as well — loved it! Now I wish I had a nice glass of wine to drink as I read your post and admire the photos!

  4. Tammy says:

    WOW! Love the pictures and the story make me want to pop a cork! Living not too far, we spend a lot of time in Paso Robles, Los Olivos and even Napa. But I do love Winery Wednesdays!! Thanks for sharing.

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