Mondavi's To Kalon vineyard of the year

The California State Fair announced it will name Robert Mondavi's Oakville vineyard, To Kalon, as the State Vineyard of the Year.

Portions of the To Kalon vineyard were originally planted in the 1860s by Hamilton Walker Crabb, a Napa Valley pioneer in grape growing.

"To Kalon" is a Greek phrase meaning "the beautiful" and is a source for Robert Mondavi's cabernet sauvignon reserve, I Block fume blanc and fume blanc reserve.

Robert Mondavi Winery owns 440 acres of the To Kalon vineyard, with additional acreage owned by Beckstoffer Vineyards and UC Davis.

An award presentation will be held at the California State Fair Gala in the California Exposition & State Fair Boardroom in Sacramento on July 8 at 5:45 p.m.

Past award winners have included the Monte Bello and Bien Nacido vineyards.

Compiled by Nathan Halverson. Send press releases to Nathan.Halverson@pressdemocrat.com

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