California Historical Landmarks in Napa County

California Historical Landmark 563
Charles Krug Winery
2800 Main Street
St. Helena
Built 1861

California Historical Landmark 563: Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, California
  California Historical Landmark 563: Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, California
20 April 2009
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Charles Krug Winery Charles Krug Winery

Founded in 1861 by Charles Krug (1825-1892), this is the oldest operating winery in Napa Valley. The pioneer wine maker of this world famous wine region, Krug made the first commercial wine in Napa County in 1858, at Napa.

Registered Historical Landmark No. 563

Plaque placed by California State Park Commission in cooperation with the california Historical Society and Napa County Historical Society.

October 5, 1957

Charles Krug Commemorative Plaque
Charles Krug 1825-1892

Charles Krug, a Prussian immigrant with controversial political beliefs for which he was briefly jailed, finally arrived in San Francisco in 1852. He likely came with no grape-growing or winemaking experience, but his insight, thirst, and inherent understanding that premium wines are made from European grape varieties inspired him to take the lead in advances in winemaking. Innovations such as using a cider press to efficiently crush the grapes, planting insect-resistant rootstock, and establishing the first public tasting room, truly made him a founding father of the pioneer Napa Valley wine industry.

Plaque dedicated April 26, 2003 by Sam Brannan Chapter #1004 E Clampus Vitus

Cesare Mondavi Commemorative Plaque
Cesare Mondavi 1883-1959

Cesare Mondavi, an Italian immigrant, settled first in Minnesota in 1908. After a brief career in the iron mines, he opened a saloon. In 1922 he moved his family to California's Central Valley, where he became an independent fruit shipper, sending wine grapes to his former saloon customers, Italian-born home winemakers. In 1943 he purchased Charles Krug Winery for $75,000. He and his sons, Peter and Robert, renovated the winery, making it one of the "Big Five" in the Napa Valley. In 1965 Peter and Robert parted ways, with Peter remaining at Charles Krug. Today, Peter and his sons, Marc and Peter Jr. continue the family tradition of making premium Bordeaux-style wines.

Plaque dedicated April 26, 2003 by Sam Brannan Chapter #1004 E Clampus Vitus

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