Krug Pops Cork on New Era

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krugwinery.jpgBy Robert Farmer

Happily, the more things change in Napa, the more things stay the same in Napa. And so it goes that as one legendary winery changes ownership hands, another emerges from the chrysalis to spread its wings anew.

In September, the Mondavi family will celebrate the renewal of the Charles Krug Winery--officially unveiling an $8 million restoration to the two historic national landmark buildings at the winery while also honoring the patriarch, Peter Mondavi.
Krug is of course part of Wine Country history. Founded in 1861, it was the Valley's first winery and played a integral role in the development of California's reputation as a winegrowing region.

The renovation of Krug represents more than a refurbishment of the 1872 Redwood Cellar and the 1881 Carriage House. It also represents a rebirth of sorts for Krug, which also recently underwent an extensive replanting in the vineyards to focus on red Bordeaux varietals. The winery now also practices entirely organic and sustainable farming techniques, further showing a desire to remain as relevant as the day it opened.

So it's good to know that, in many cases, Napa's history remains the same by embracing change.

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