Angelina Mondavi

Angelina Mondavi

Dark Matter Wines (Winemaker & Co-Proprietor)

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 laboratory manager at Charles Krug. After graduating from high school in 2000, she attended Villanova University and majored in chemistry and minored in business to create a solid foundation for her future in the wine industry.

Angelina's first job after graduating with her degree in chemistry in 2004 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 the Barossa Valley in Australia, where she continued to expand her knowledge. While in Australia, she earned a Master's Degree in Oenology from the University of Adelaide's Waite Campus.

Returning to the U.S., Angelina joined Pine Ridge Vineyards in 2007 as their assistant winemaker and remained there until 2010. Since then, she has embarked on new adventures, the first being assistant winemaker under the tutelage of Jayson Woodbridge for One True Vine, LLC. There she is responsible for Hundred Acre, Cherry Pie, Layer Cake, and Charity Case. The second is a joint venture between Angelina and her cousin, Robert Mondavi Jr., called Fourth Leaf, where they are co-winemakers. Lastly, 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 its first vintage, a 2006 Howell Mountain Zinfandel.

In addition to winemaking, Angelina is actively involved with her Alma Mater as an executive board member of the Villanova Marketing and Public Policy Advisory Board, as well as an area coordinator for the National Italian American Federation. In her free time, which is only about three months a year due to winemaking responsibilities in both the northern and southern hemispheres, she loves being outdoors, whether it is for fishing, hiking, or occasionally rowing. Angelina resides in Napa Valley.