The German-born viticulture pioneer Charles Krug (1825-1892) immigrated in 1852 from Kassel in Prussia to San Francisco in California where he initially worked as a newspaper editor. To the famous French champagne family jug There was no relationship and, interestingly, he did not come from a German winegrowing region. From 1858 he was seasonal as a winemaker in the Napa Valley active, later own Weinbauversuche in San Mateo and Sonoma. On animation by Agoston Haraszthy (1812-1869), he settled in the Napa Valley in 1860 and founded a winery there a year later in St. Helena.
Due to great success in public relations and sales, as well as the application of new cellar techniques, he became the biggest competitor to his promoter Haraszthy and his winery Buena Vista Winery in the area Los Carneros, Among other things, he was the first mechanical presses. Krug also trained young, immigrant winemakers and later wrote a chronicle about the early years. He had a major influence on Californian viticulture as a member of the Board of State Viticultural Commissioners. He was so successful in California viticulture despite his bankruptcy until his death that he was called the "father of Napa wine".
After the death of Charles Krug in 1892, his winery was bought by his business friend James Moffitt, a San Francisco banker. After prohibition the winery was one of the few establishments that founded the laborious reconstruction of North American wine culture in 1934. For $ 75,000 Moffitt sold in 1943 the operation to Cesare Mondavi. When his sons Robert and Peter split up after his death in 1959, Robert founded Mondavi (1913-2008) 1966 in Oakville his own operation "Robert Mondavi Winery". The pitcher winery was continued by Peter R. Mondavi (1914-2016) and mother Rosalia (1890-1976). It is called today Charles Krug Winery from sons Peter jr. and Marc headed.