OAKVILLE, Calif., June 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Constellation Brands, Inc. today announced the Robert Mondavi Winery has donated the land under the newly-renovated Mondavi Farm Worker Housing Center to the Napa Valley Housing Authority (NVHA). With the transfer in ownership, the NVHA is eligible to receive up to $1.4 million in state grants that will contribute to maintaining Napa County's farm worker housing.
"In donating the land where this important facility is located, we are helping to ensure there will be housing in perpetuity for the vineyard workers who are such an integral component of Napa Valley's wine industry," said Chris Fehrnstrom, president of Icon Estates, Constellation Brands' fine wine group. "We are pleased to play a role that reinforces our long-standing heritage and tradition of helping people who contribute to the success of our wine business, and the wine industry throughout the Napa Valley."
The Mondavi Center land and original camp were leased to the NVHA by the Robert Mondavi Winery in 1993. The center was renovated in 2006, providing accommodations for 60 people, including new dormitory rooms, a commercial kitchen, dining hall and laundry facilities, in addition to television and quiet areas on each floor. As part of a reorganization of the way farm worker housing is administered in Napa Valley, the NVHA will transfer responsibility for the Mondavi Housing Center over to the Napa County Housing Authority.
About Robert Mondavi Winery
Founded in 1966, Robert Mondavi Winery is the shining symbol of Napa Valley. The first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades since the repeal of Prohibition (1933), Robert Mondavi Winery went on to establish the foundation for the modern-day California wine business. The winery's goal has always been to produce wines that stand in the company of the great wines of the world. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards. Continuing its mission of innovation, education and industry leadership, in July 2006 the winery celebrated its 40th Anniversary by launching TASTE3, a landmark, interdisciplinary gathering of some of the world's most dynamic professionals in wine, food, and the arts. For additional information about Robert Mondavi Winery and TASTE3, visit www.robertmondaviwinery.com or www.taste3.com.
About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands, Inc. is a leading international producer and marketer of beverage alcohol brands with a broad portfolio across the wine, spirits and imported beer categories. Well-known brands in Constellation's portfolio include: Almaden, Arbor Mist, Vendange, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Hardys, Goundrey, Nobilo, Kim Crawford, Alice White, Ruffino, Kumala, Robert Mondavi Private Selection, Rex Goliath, Toasted Head, Blackstone, Ravenswood, Estancia, Franciscan Oakville Estate, Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs, Simi, Robert Mondavi Winery, Stowells, Blackthorn, Black Velvet, Mr. Boston, Fleischmann's, Paul Masson Grande Amber Brandy, Chi-Chi's, 99 Schnapps, Ridgemont Reserve 1792 and the Effen and SVEDKA vodka lines. Constellation Brands, through Crown Imports LLC, imports and markets Corona Extra, Corona Light, Pacifico, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, St. Pauli Girl and Tsingtao beers. For additional information about Constellation Brands, as well as its product portfolio, visit the company's Web site at www.cbrands.com.
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