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CK Mondavi and Family Appoints Randy Herron as Head Winemaker

Posted on October 03, 2018

Napa, CA, October 3, 2018— C. Mondavi & Family today announced that Randy Herron has joined the company as head winemaker of the CK Mondavi and Family portfolio of wines. Herron comes to CK Mondavi and Family with 22 of winemaking experience. His vision and expertise pairs well with the CK Mondavi and Family portfolio of approachable yet complex, everyday wines.

“Randy’s extensive experience working directly with growers, managing winemaking teams, and overseeing everything from harvest to bottling, brings a new level of sophistication to our winemaking team,” said Marc Mondavi, Proprietor of CK Mondavi and Family wines. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the Mondavi winemaking family.”

Herron comes to CK Mondavi and Family from Texas-based Messina Hof Winery, where he served as senior winemaker and operations manager for over 6 years. Prior to that, Herron spent 7 years at Casella Family Brands in Australia where he started as senior winemaker, chief winemaker and cellar operations manager, and later became senior harvest winemaker. While there, Herron oversaw the winemaking team as Yellow Tail expanded from 50,000 cases per year to more than 12 million cases in annual production. Prior to Casell Family, Herron spent over 10 years at E&J Gallo Winery where he was senior winemaker. He holds a degree in Food and Nutritional Science with an Enology Option from California State University, Fresno.

“CK Mondavi and Family offers an amazing opportunity to produce high-quality wines at an incredible price point,” said Randy Herron. “Because the Mondavi family owns a large portion of the vineyards and have been with the same growers for generations, I can have total winemaking control, which is every winemaker’s dream.”

As head winemaker, Herron will work closely with Marc Mondavi to craft the CK Mondavi and Family wines. A large portion of the grapes in CK Mondavi and Family wines are estate grown on the family’s 1,850 acres of vineyard property and the family is committed to working with American growers that they’ve had partnerships with for generations. CK Mondavi and Family produces the following wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and a Red Blend. All CK Mondavi and Family wines sell for a suggested retail price of $6.99. Herron takes the place of winemaker, Charles Gilmore, who served as head winemaker at CK Mondavi and Family for the past 2 years. Prior to Gilmore, John Moynier, served as the head winemaker of CK Mondavi and Family for more than 30 years.

About CK Mondavi and Family
CK Mondavi and Family wines are bottled in the Napa Valley by the iconic C. Mondavi & Family. For consumers desiring consistently delicious, everyday wines, CK Mondavi and Family wines overdeliver for the price point. Based in the Napa Valley for almost seventy-five years, CK Mondavi and Family’s grapes are 100% sourced from California vineyards, utilizing sustainable farming techniques and winemaking practices that are more typical of expensive wines. Their relentless commitment to quality winemaking and hands-on small lot sourcing sets them apart from other value wines. A large portion of the grapes in CK Mondavi and Family wines are estate grown on the family’s 1,850 acres of vineyard property and the family is committed to working with American growers that they’ve had partnerships with for generations. CK Mondavi and Family are the first and only wines 100% “Made in USA Certified®” and the family produces wines that are consistent, vintage-to-vintage, providing consumers with a value and quality they can rely on. Today, CK Mondavi and Family remains one of the most successful wine brands in America because of its excellent quality and great value. They can be found online at CKMondavi.com, or on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram @CKMondaviWines.

Region: Napa & Sonoma
Job Function: Winemaking

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