“From water, comes wine” – never has this been more true than with The Divining Rod wines. By giving life to countless vineyards across California, Marc Mondavi quite literally “turns water into wine.” He possesses the grape growing and winemaking skills and knowledge that come from growing up in the Napa Valley, as a key member of America’s foremost wine family. But Marc’s “sixth sense” for water divining (also called water witching or dowsing) and connection with the land, put him on another level of winemaking. That’s why we say that his Divining Rod wines are more than natural, they’re supernatural. History Established in the 1940’s by Italian immigrants Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, C. Mondavi & Family remains a family-owned business which has thrived for generations to produce fine wines for a variety of occasions and consumers. Built on a foundation of family values, hard work and European winemaking traditions, the winery offers a portfolio of wines for special occasions and everyday gatherings of family and friends. Day-to-day operations are handled by co-proprietors Marc Mondavi and Peter Mondavi Jr., both sons of legendary Napa Valley wine icon Peter Mondavi Sr., who serves as the company’s president and CEO. The family is now proudly welcoming members of the fourth generation to the business, continuing a legacy started 70 years ago and setting a foundation for generations to come. Marc Mondavi started The Divining Rod label in 2012 in honor of his ability to locate underground water sources and establish vineyards. The first new brand from C. Mondavi & Family in over 60 years, The Divining Rod has secured its place in a long line of fine wines created by this iconic family.
Current Wine Releases
2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% "a little magic" (Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Malbec) SRP: $17.99
2011 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 95% Chardonnay and 5% "a little magic" (Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier) SRP: $17.99
Winemaker Our winemaker and water witch Marc Mondavi begins by giving life to vineyards by using his copper divining rods to locate underground water. This water is harnessed to nourish vineyards and create ideal conditions for vines to thrive. Marc then puts on his winemaker hat to create beautiful expressions of his special vineyards. Our wines are specifically made to highlight the beautiful fruit given to us by nature. Marc prefers to showcase the fruit of the vine, rather than the telltale signs of heavy-handed wine making. This is what sets The Divining Rod wines apart from the rest. I like the fruit of the wine, rather than the signs and TASTE of heavy-handed wine making.