Many vintner leaders, like Louis Martini, John
Daniel, Jr., and Robert Mondavi of his fam-
ily’s Charles Krug Winery knew there were
challenges ahead for their fledgling wine in-
dustry, not the least the ongoing threat of
natural disasters and growing regulation.
They formed the Napa Valley Vintners trade
association in October 1944, with just seven
founding members, and the idea that they
were stronger together than individually. It
was a novel idea at the time and decades
ahead of the industry’s Renaissance.
Nearly seven decades after being formed,
and now 450 wineries strong, the Napa Val-
ley Vintners still work to promote and pro-
tect – as well as enhance – the Napa Valley
AVA as the premier winegrowing region. NVV
members are deeply committed to conserva-
tion and sustainable farming, and to support-
ing the local community through charitable
work. The Napa Valley wine industry thrives
on a strong culture of collaboration and pride
in its agricultural heritage, community, and
appellation.
ABOUT THE NAPA VALLEY VINTNERS
EARLY MEMBERS OF THE NAPA VALLEY VINTNERS:
Left to Right: Charles Forni (Napa Valley Cooperative
Winery), Robert Mondavi (C. Mondavi & Sons), Brother Timothy (Mont La Salle), Al Huntsinger (Napa Valley
Cooperative Winery), Mike Ahern (Freemark Abbey), Charles Beringer, Fred Abruzzini (Beringer Brothers),
Louis M. Martini, John Daniel, Jr. (Ingelnook Vineyard Co.), and Martin Stelling, Jr. (Sunny St. Helena).
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