Margrit Mondavi, Swiss-born American politician, Died at 91

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Margrit Biever Mondavi was born on August 2, 1925, and died on September 2, 2016.

She was Vice President of Cultural Affairs at Robert Mondavi Winery which she joined in 1967.

Under her leadership, Robert Mondavi Winery developed original cultural and culinary arts programs.

During 1980, Margrit Mondavi married Robert Mondavi and worked with him in many of his philanthropic activities including the founding of the museum Copia.

She had played a key role in securing the downtown Napa location for the center, which opened in November 2001.

She was the founder of the winery’s Summer Music Festival in 1969 as a benefit for the Napa Valley Symphony.

That concert series has hosted many jazz, R&B and pop artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte and Tony Bennett.

The Robert Mondavi Summer Jazz Festival was opens with the New Orleans Jazz Band Preservation Hall.

During 1984, the Festival of Winter Classical Concert Series was created, with the proceeds benefiting local musical organizations like the Napa Valley Opera.

Margrit Mondavi passed away at 91 years old.