By Robert Mondavi. Wine to me is passion. It's family and friends. It's warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. - Robert Mondavi. In 1979, Robert Mondavi founded Woodbridge Winery near his childhood home of Lodi, California to craft find wines for everyday enjoyment. Our Merlot has luscious aromas of blackberries and cherries, complemented by flavors of ripe plum with a smooth finish. To learn more, visit www.woodbridgewines.com.