Circa 1966 Napa Valley, CA
Long before construction began, Rob & Lydia Mondavi, Jr. were researching flooring options for their new beach home in Beaufort, SC. Their number one criterion for flooring was that it must be reclaimed; it must come with a story. That was all her builder, Allen Patterson of Allen Patterson Residential, needed to know to direct them to us for her floor. They were looking for a functional floor, full of life and character, which embodied their Napa Valley lifestyle and appreciation for sustainable living. Maintenance was crucial since this was to be a vacation house for family and friends and any time spent there too precious to be spent keeping the floors looking good; our oil finish was the perfect solution. Lydia fell in love with our Old Crow wood and custom oil finish; she worked closely with us to create their dream floor.
It was through this work that we became involved with the Mondavi Home Collection. The collection, inspired by Rob & Lydia’s Napa Valley lifestyle, is for those with a passion for wine, entertaining, and sustainable living. The collection features prefinished floors produced from reclaimed materials. "Beyond the beauty this will bring to the home, I am pleased with the fact that we are making a conscious decision to reclaim and repurpose this wood." Rob and Lydia were both intimately involved with the creation of this flooring line; providing valuable input regarding both the species of wood selected and color.
Rob and Lydia had the first floor for the collection in mind before even approaching us about participating, the Reserve Barrel Collection. The floor is produced from Mondavi’s decommissioned wine casks personally selected by Rob. We carefully dismantle each cask, by hand, before milling it to flooring. "Winemaking families for generations have accented their homes with oak cask wood floors,” explains Rob regarding the inspiration for this design. “I'm constantly amazed at the beauty and depth of penetration that the wines impart into the actual wood. After years of aging the wines, the oak flooring holds a piece of wine making history that we have now captured to share with generations to come.”
About Rob Mondavi Jr. and Lydia Mondavi
A fourth-generation Napa Valley winemaker, Rob Mondavi Jr. is the son of Isabel and Michael Mondavi. Rob was raised in Napa Valley and spent much of his childhood among the vines and barrels at Robert Mondavi Winery. An entrepreneur at an early age, he started his own business hosting mountain bike tours through the Napa Valley wine country, later establishing the Napa Cigar Company, a Napa-based importer of premium cigars. In 2004, Rob and family founded Folio Fine Wine Partners, followed by Michael Mondavi Family Estate in 2006. Rob is currently president of winemaking for Isabel Mondavi Wines, Emblem, Medusa and Spellbound and serves on the Board of Directors for the Napa Valley Vintners and the Napa Valley Winegrowers. Folio Wines
Lydia Mondavi, married Rob in 2001 and is the founder and owner of 29 Cosmetics and Skincare. The first grape seed age-protecting color cosmetic, skin and body care line that utilizes grape skins and seeds, by -products of winemaking, 29 Cosmetics line is available exclusively in Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, CosBar and luxury retail boutiques and spas nationally and internationally. The hotel amenity division of 29 launched in 2013 in Hyatt Andaz locations throughout the US. The new premium luxury skincare line, 29 by Lydia Mondavi will launch March 2, 2014 in 750 retails stores nationally and internationally. With over a decade of experience designing and developing spas and resorts around the world and formulating luxury skin products, Lydia is also partner and co-founder of Medusa Wines and Spellbound Wines. 29 Cosmetics
Floors Inspired: Mondavi's Choice