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Award of Merit

American Wine Society 2016 Award of Merit Recipient


AWS President Frank Aquilino (left)
presents the 2016 Award of Merit
  at the AWS National
Conference on November 5, 2016. 

Accepting the award on behalf of his

father is Peter Mondavi Jr.

In recognition of his lifelong dedication to wine, the American Wine Society celebrates the achievements of Peter Mondavi Sr.by presenting to him its Award of Merit for 2016.


As President of Charles Krug Winery, Peter Mondavi Sr. effected tremendous enological, viticultural and marketing innovations over six decades, including:

- Vintage dating varietal wines
- Cold fermentation of white wines
- Cold sterile filtration
- Use of glass-lined tanks for sanitation and preservation of wines
- The first winery newsletter, initially published in 1949
- The annual Tastings on the Lawn starting in 1951

Peter Mondavi, Sr. remained active in the day-to-day winery operations as he approached 100.  He remained engaged until February 20th, 2016, when he passed away at 101 years old in his home on the Charles Krug property.


In appreciation for his lifelong devotion to both wine and family, the American Wine Society honors Peter Mondavi Sr. with its highest award.. 


November 5, 2016


Past AWS Award of Merit Recipients


Konstantin Frank, 1971 Hudson Cattell, 1991 Gordon Murchie 2011
Charles Fournier, 1972 Andrew C. Rice, 1992 Jim Bernau 2012
Leon D. Adams, 1973 Vernon L. Singleton, 1993 Dick Naylor 2013
Willard B. Robinson, 1974 Lucie T. Morton, 1994 Gina Gallo 2014
Philip and Jocelyn Wagner, 1975 Alex and Louisa Hargrave, 1995 Chuck Wagner 2015
Maynard A. Amerine, 1976 Warren Winiarski, 1996

Peter Mondavi Sr.


G. Hamilton Mowbray, 1977 Arnulf W. Esterer, 1997  
Harold P. Olmo, 1978 Vincent Petrucci, 1998  
George W.B. Hostetter, 1979 Justin Morris, 1999  
Andre Tchelistcheff, 1980 Ann C. Noble, 2000  
Alexander Brailow, 1981 Peter M.F. Sichel, 2001  
Robert Mondavi, 1982 Marian Baldy, 2002  
Louis P. Martini, 1983 Sharron McCarthy, 2003  
Douglas and Marlene Moorhead, 1984 Jonathan Newman, 2004  
James F. Gallander, 1985 Miljenko "Mike” Grgich, 2005  
Philip Hiaring, 1986 Angel Nardone, 2006  
Richard P. Vine, 1987 Jacques Recht, 2007  
Harriet Lembeck, 1988 Kent Rosemblum, 2008  
Charles M. Crawford, 1989 Zelma Long, 2009  
Nelson J. Shaulis, 1990 Eric & Lee Miller 2010  
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