Tim Mondavi is the winegrower, visionary and creative force behind all aspects of Continuum Estate. He has devoted his life’s work and passion to enhancing the art of wine. In 1974, armed with a degree from UC Davis in viticulture & enology Tim joined the winemaking team at Robert Mondavi Winery. It was there Tim guided wine research programs, led the development of Napa’s Appellation system and mentored many wine makers over the years. His first-hand experience in winegrowing extends to Italy, Chile, Australia and France where Tim developed, or was an integral part of, a number of luxury wines including Opus One in Napa, Ornellaia and Luce in Italy, and Sena in Chile. The Mondavi family lost control of their wine empire in 2003 amid internal strife over whether the wine company could remain true to its Napa Valley heritage, or whether it should continue to push case volume to meet Wall Street’s earnings expectations. In the end, the board of directors voted to sell the company to Constellation Brands, which left the Mondavis out of the wine business for the first time in decades. Tim and sister Marcia, along with dad Robert, regrouped and formed their own company, Continuum, to reflect their family’s ties to wine and their ongoing passion for it.