Iconic Napa Valley Wine Estate Renews Hosting Duties as Lead Sponsor

Charles Krug Winery, Napa’s oldest winery and home to California’s first tasting room, is pleased to announce its participation in the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival. From November 8th through 12th, the C. Mondavi & Family estate in St. Helena will once again be a lead sponsor of a festival weekend that features over 100 films, 50 chefs, and 150 wineries from around the region. As in years past, the winery’s historic Carriage House, built in 1881, will hold morning, afternoon, and evening screenings of festival films throughout the weekend. Charles Krug is one of just two winery venues holding screenings for this year’s festival. 

The festival—founded by the non-profit organization Cinema Napa Valley in 2009—is primed for another successful year of programming at the Charles Krug location, with an impressive list of films on the four-day docket. Full-length features like “The Boy Downstairs” (from director Sophie Brooks), musical dramas such as “Stuck” (starring Giancarlo Esposito), and gripping documentaries—including “Coyote,” the story of famed sailor and adventurer Mike Plan—are all set to be shown in the confines of the 200-seat venue.

“We are so thrilled to present some of our favorite new narrative and documentary features, as well as short film programs, at the magnificent Charles Krug Winery this year,” said Brenda Lhormer, Co-Founder/Director of the Napa Valley Film Festival. “This is the most exquisite location for a pop up movie theater, and I can understand why so many passholders choose to just stay on property for days to see the movies, drink the wine, and grab some delicious food between shows. There’s no better way to experience the Napa Valley Film Festival.” 

“The Napa Valley Film Festival has become an important event for Charles Krug,” comments co-proprietor Peter Mondavi Jr. “As a family-owned estate for four generations and Napa’s oldest winery, we understand the importance of integrating new cultural events and valued partners into our community. We are excited to play such an integral role in the festival, as both a lead sponsor and one of the most popular venues!” 

The winery will add a number of new amenities to the festivities this year: the historic Carriage House will feature a new lounge for visitors to explore before and after screenings, and the property’s new Cucina di Rosa will be offering up a selection of wood-fired pizzas starting at 11 am daily, along with handcrafted Italian-style salumi and cheese plates. 

Screenings will commence Wednesday the 8th with morning showings in the short features category and wrap up on Sunday the 12th with the presentation of full-length feature films. On Saturday the 11th, the winery will be hosting an exclusive screening and reception for Stanford University alumni, which will feature a special talk by alumnus Peter Mondavi Jr. 

For more information on the Napa Valley Film Festival, visit http://nvff.org/.