“Harvest at Charles Krug Winery” by artist Steve Quarterly

Steve Quartly’s “impressionistic” rendering of the famous Charles Krug Winery transforms a black and white photograph taken in 1882 into a vibrant, colorful scene that has a Mediterranean flavor.

Courtesy of the St. Helena Historical Society

C. Mondavi & Family, the parent company behind wine brands such as Charles Krug, Divining Rod and Purple Heart Wines, has named Jeff Richardson as the group’s chief operating officer.

Richardson has been a member of the C. Mondavi & Family team for nine years, where he advanced from his position as the director of production to a more recent role as vice president of operations.

The Cloverdale native has spearheaded an impressive amount of growth for the business throughout his time at C. Mondavi & Family as production capabilities for the company have nearly doubled during his tenure. Richardson was also the leader of an extensive renovation project that transformed the Charles Krug tasting room, which now includes a salumeria and pizza kitchen.

“Jeff has been a leader in every sense of the word in building our infrastructure, both for our great Napa estate at Charles Krug and the entire business,” said Peter Mondavi Jr., co-proprietor of Charles Krug Winery. “We are excited to have him take on this new role as we continue to strengthen the image and operational capabilities at C. Mondavi & Family.”

“We’ve been able to see what Jeff brings to the table for almost a decade now, and we’re impressed by his abilities day after day,” said Marc Mondavi, Charles Krug’s other co-proprietor. “He’s going to be an indispensable COO who will continue to keep the company growing and healthy as we head into the next 75 years of our family business.”

Richardson’s new appointment comes following the more recent hires of Judd Wallenbrock as CEO, Mark Koppen as vice president of marketing, and David Brown as senior vice president of sales.

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