Lail Vineyards, lead by Robin Daniel Lail is rooted rich Napa Valley history with an eye towards innovation.
Robin Daniel Lail came to Napa Valley in a receiving blanket in 1940. She grew up at the fabled Inglenook Vineyards. In 1879, Inglenook was established by her greatgranduncle Gustave Niebaum. His magnificent property was home to four generations of her family and their legendary wines.
In 1964 the winery and front vineyards were sold; the legacy seemed to be coming to an end. Fortunately, John Daniel, Jr. was a traditionalist and placed responsibility for carrying the tradition forward into Robin’s hands shortly before his death in 1970. Robin and her sister were able to preserve the iconic Napanook vineyard just a few miles south in Yountville from ensuing sales.
During the late 70s, Robert Mondavi (who was John Daniel, Jr.’s protégée) hired Robin and became her mentor. Including the education in the wine business she received, “every day Mondavi encouraged me to honor my father’s legend and our generations in Napa Valley and carry forward the legacy.” So began the odyssey.
Six generations. One steadfast commitment. Do more, now.
In February 2019, Robin Lail became the U.S. Representative to the Porto Protocol, a global initiative asking companies to demonstrate their leadership on climate action and share best practices.
About Robin Daniel Lail
When the winery was sold in 1964, I thought this beautiful family tradition had ended. However my destiny proved to be full of surprises. In the year prior to his death in 1970, Dad passed the baton of information and precious legacy to me. Suddenly, my life was on fast-forward. While managing the remaining estate vineyards and working with my mentor, Robert Mondavi, in the late ‘70s, I found the encouragement to start again. Almost every day he was at the winery, Mondavi would lecture me about my legacy, my father, and the importance of carrying on his work. He also provided me with the opportunity to launch the first Auction Napa Valley in 1981. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, I created valuable partnerships with the co-founding of Dominus and Merryvale with Christian Moueix and Bill Harlan, respectively.
Our Blueprint wines celebrate these pioneers and architects of innovation for putting the health of our planet ahead of quarterly reports & the bottom line. At Lail Vineyards we invite you to do the same. Make a commitment. Inspire your neighbor.
10% of online sales of Blueprint wines go to organizations deep in the fight against climate change.