Robin Lail

Robin Lail

Founder & President of Lail Vineyards

Robin Lail is the founding winemaker and partner at Lail Vineyards. Her extensive background and history in the Napa Valley have given her a unique perspective on the valley and its wines. Robin grew up among the vineyards of Napa’s great Inglenook estate, founded in 1879 by her great-grand uncle, Gustave Niebaum.

She graduated from Stanford University in 1962, and in 1977 began her wine career at Robert Mondavi Winery under the tutelage of her mentor, Robert Mondavi. While at the Mondavi, she directed the creation of the first Auction Napa Valley. In 1982, Robin co-founded Dominus Estate with Bordeaux’s Christian Moueix, and a year later co-founded Merryvale Vineyards with Bill Harlan. In 1995 she launched Lail Vineyards with her two daughters, Erin and Shannon

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