Meet the winemakers
Rob Mondavi Jr.
Rob Mondavi's enthusiasm for wine began more than 30 years ago. The son of Michael and Isabel Mondavi, Rob was raised in Napa Valley and spent much of his time as a child playing among the vines and barrels at Robert Mondavi Winery. Growing up, Rob worked in a variety of roles at the family winery, from vineyards to cellar to hospitality.
An entrepreneur from a young age, he started his own business hosting mountain bike tours through the Napa Valley wine country. After graduating from college, Rob worked in sales with Southern Wine & Spirits, a major distributor of fine wines. Fueled by a desire to learn more about the international business culture, he moved to Panama for a year. When he returned, he established the Napa Cigar Company in 1996, a Napa-based importer of premium cigars from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and the Canary Islands. Rob left his cigar business in June 2000 to join the Robert Mondavi Corporation. After one year as a luxury brands Sales Manager, he was promoted Sales Director in August 2001 with responsibility for developing and managing sales of the company's imported wines from Australia, Chile and Italy in more than 20 states. After three years in Sales, Rob moved home to the Napa Valley where he took on the role of Director of Marketing for Robert Mondavi Winery. In this position he spearheaded the winery's trade marketing.
In 2004, he and his family founded Folio Fine Wine Partners. His role as President of Winegrowing for the company has enabled him to return to his true passion which is winemaking. Rob is the winemaker for Spellbound and Medusa. Rob graduated from Santa Clara University in 1994 with a degree in English literature. He resides in the Napa Valley with his wife, Lydia.
Geoff Whitman is managing partner and assistant winemaker for Medusa & Spellbound Wines.
Geoff's passion for wine began while in college in Boston, working in the restaurant industry. Later, upon moving to California, he worked in production at several Santa Barbara wineries, including Au Bon Climat. In 1998, Geoff joined the distribution side of the fine wines at Southern Wine & Spirits, working the on premise accounts in Beverly Hills and Hollywood. In early 2001, Whitman joined Robert Mondavi Winery, where he held several key sales management positions in Los Angeles and the Southwest, eventually calling on Key On Premise National Accounts until joining his friend Rob Mondavi at Medusa and Spellbound Wines in late 2006.
In late 2009, Geoff was also appointed General Manager for Michael Mondavi Family Wines.
"I've had the pleasure of working with Geoff for almost ten years, and I'm very proud to have him manage our family wines, " said Michael Mondavi, founder of Folio Fine Wine Partners. "Geoff has a passion for fine wines and a great gift of being able to communicate that passion while educating the trade and consumers."
Geoff lives in the Napa Valley with his wife Jemina and their son Gryphon.