A search for the oldest Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Winery bottle of wine in existence has turned up several interesting entries so far, but no clear-cut winner.
The search was launched by the winery as a part of a celebration of its 150th year. Krug founded the winery in 1861, thereby establishing the birthplace of the Napa Valley wine industry.
The winery has been in the Mondavi family for 70 years. The family has bottles that date to 1944, the first vintage it produced after purchasing the winery a year earlier.
“As for how much wine was produced in the early years, there are a few cases of wine in the [Peter Mondavi] family cellar, but the records are not complete for the early years,” said Cristine Piccin of the MacKenzie Agency in Santa Rosa, publicist for the winery.
The earliest records that have emerged to date are from 1951. There are none from the 1940s, Piccin said.
The Mondavi family has circulated a flier encouraging the wine-producing community to scour wine cabinets, cellars, closets and caves for early Charles Krug wine bottles, full or empty. Bottles deemed as contenders in the search will be authenticated by wine expets at Sotheby’s auction house in New York. The Peter Mondavi family may purchase the winning bottle for display at its winery.
To enter the oldest bottle search, visit the Charles Krug Winery on Facebook, provide details of the entry and post a photo of the bottle, or email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.