Robert Mondavi Winery Winemaker Named 2010 Wine Star Winemaker of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Oakville, CA – October 22, 2010 – Genevieve Janssens, Director of Winemaking for Robert Mondavi Winery in the Napa Valley, has received one of the industry’s highest honors, being named 2010 Wine Star Winemaker of the Year.  Janssens was one of five winemakers nominated for the award.

“It is an honor to be given this title and especially to have been nominated in the company of winemakers whom I very much admire,” said Janssens. “I am proud to be the torchbearer of Mr. Mondavi’s vision and the steward of our To Kalon Vineyard."

Raised in France, Genevieve’s formal wine education began under the tutelage of the legendary “three fathers” of modern enology—Jean Ribereau-Gayon; his son, Pascal Ribereau-Gayon; and Emile Peynaud—with whom she studied at the University of Bordeaux, France.  She began her relationship with Robert Mondavi Winery in 1978 as an enologist and then continued to explore winemaking in California for the next decade through several consulting positions.  In 1989 she became Director of Production at Opus One Winery and in 1997 she was named Director of Winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery.  She now continues the traditions of her mentor Robert Mondavi by creating wines that stand in the company of the worlds finest.

Wine Enthusiast's Wine Star awards recognize excellence in the wine and spirits industry, with a special emphasis on achievements made over the past year. Janssens will be honored, along with other award recipients, at the annual Wine Star Awards gala dinner on Monday, January 24, 2011 at the New York Public Library in New York City.


About Robert Mondavi Winery

Founded in 1966, Robert Mondavi Winery is the shining symbol of California’s Napa Valley. The first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades since the repeal of Prohibition, Robert Mondavi Winery went on to establish the foundation for the modern-day California wine business. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards.

Robert Mondavi Winery wines are distributed by Constellation Wines U.S., the U.S. division of Constellation Brands, the world’s leading wine company that achieves success through an unmatched knowledge of wine consumers, storied brands that suit varied lives and tastes, and talented employees worldwide.

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