Pete Mondavi is the third-generation co-owner—along with his father, Peter Mondavi, Sr., and brother, Marc Mondavi—of St. Helena’s Charles Krug Peter Mondavi Family Winery and CK Mondavi Winery. His responsibilities include day-to-day operations such as winemaking, overseeing the vineyards and directing sales and marketing for the Charles Krug brand. With Pete Mondavi’s background in engineering, the Mondavi family has long been at the forefront of innovations in the industry. The Mondavis recently completed a $4.5 million solar project to contribute to the sustainability of the vineyards.
Over the course of the CIA’s eight-month Accelerated Wine and Beverage Program, students taste more than 1,000 wines in class, take dozens of field trips and learn from the college’s expert wine faculty and guest speakers. Classes focus on wines of the world, sensory analysis and the professional business of wine, spirits and mixology. The Accelerated Culinary Arts Program is for graduates of college hospitality, restaurant-management, food-science and nutrition/dietetics programs. During their two semesters at the CIA, students gain the hands-on culinary knowledge and skills to tackle the “food” side of the industry.