If it were not for the dreams of our forefathers... if it were not for their distant desire and steadfast determination…
Dante and Carlo Mondavi found RAEN winery on The Sonoma Coast with the goal of making world class Pinot Noir.
Tim and Marcia Mondavi and their families, along with Carlo and Dante’s Grandfather Robert Mondavi found Continuum Estate to produce a single estate wine at the highest level.
The Mondavi family unexpectedly sells all ownership in Robert Mondavi winery. Robert, Tim and Marcia begin plans for a new estate winery and vineyard.
Dante & Carlo begin working with wine at Robert Mondavi and Opus One. This begins their education in wine, learning from their father Tim, the winegrower and grandfather Robert.
Family founds Robert Mondavi Winery to produce world-class wines. Carlo & Dante’s father, Tim leads winegrowing for over 30 years.
Family purchases part of Sunny St. Helena Winery.
Family purchases Charles Krug winery. The Mondavi’s grow and bottle quality table wine.
Prohibition is voted into law shutting down Cesaré and Rosa Mondavi’s business. Cesaré moves the family across the country to California to send grapes to home winemakers across America.
Carlo and Dante’s great grandfather Cesaré Mondavi voyages from Italy to the United States.
For us, Raen is our creed, ethos and mantra that embodies our dream in wine.
Our goal is to make Pinot Noir that can sit alongside the finest of the world. Our name RAEN stands for Research in Agriculture and Enology Naturally. RAEN also reminds us that RAIN becomes wine in our vineyards.
As winemakers and farmers, Carlo and Dante attribute a great deal of what they have learned to their grandfather Robert and father Tim, both whom influenced them from a young age.
Carlo and Dante’s father Tim was a pioneer for California Pinot Noir in the early 1970s and has always had a tremendous regard for the great wines of Burgundy. To this day his Pinot Noirs from the 1970s are showing incredibly well. Carlo and Dante credit their father’s passion for Pinot Noir as the early inspiration that got them excited at a young age.
Dante studied abroad in Switzerland at the Webster University in Genève as well at UC Davis in California. Carlo studied in France at the University of Aix-en-Provence and in Italy at the University of Milan.
After their formal studies were complete Carlo and Dante continued their educational work with the winemaking team lead by their father Tim Mondavi at Robert Mondavi Winery and Opus One.
When Robert Mondavi Winery was sold in 2004, the brothers joined their father Tim, Aunt-Marcia and grandfather Robert as they founded Continuum in 2005.
In 2013 Carlo and Dante founded RAEN winery with the goal to produce world class Pinot Noir on the western hills of the Sonoma Coast. RAEN currently focuses on making three Pinot Noirs, from three unique sites on the Sonoma Coast.