When Margrit Mondavi, the iconic matriarch of Mondavi Winery, first saw the expansive lawn of the Napa Valley wine estate in the late 1960s she immediately exclaimed, “why don’t we do a concert?”
This moment marked the beginning of the winery’s famed Summer Concert Series which, since its premiere in 1969, has hosted hundreds of jazz legends and acclaimed artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Harry Belafonte, Stan Getz, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Sarah Vaughn, George Shearing, Vince Guaraldi, Oscar Peterson, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, Chet Atkins, Judy Collins, Al Jarreau, Patti LaBelle, Olivia Newton-John, Cassandra Wilson, Buena Vista Social Club, Chaka Khan, Keith Jarrett, Aimee Mann, Blondie, Chris Isaak, k.d. lang and The Wallflowers (the list goes on!).
This year, Mondavi Winery has teamed up with Napa’s BottleRock festival to bring five award-winning musical acts to the winery lawn – with ticket proceeds benefiting the Napa Valley Unified School District’s music programs.
The season starts on July 1, with singer/songwriter Andrew McMahon. Other headlines include Patti LaBelle, Jamestown Revival, The Revivalists, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals. Concertgoers can enjoy wine from Mondavi and food from C Casa, Five Dot Ranch, Vintage Sweet Shoppe, Ben & Jerry’s and more. Tickets are on sale now. Visit Robert Mondavi Winery Summer Concert Series for more information. Browse the gallery above for more information about each act.