STOCKTON, Calif. — A posthumous award to wine pioneer Robert Mondavi highlights this year’s class of inductees to the San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame.
While best known for his role in establishing the wine industry in Napa and Sonoma counties, Mondavi got his start in the agricultural and packing business in Lodi and founded Woodbridge Winery there, according to a nomination form.
Mondavi died in 2008 at the age of 94.
While being the only posthumous honoree, Mondavi is one of six inductees this year to the Hall of Fame, which recognizes people who have contributed to agriculture and to their communities in significant ways.
The other inductees are:
• Henry “Skip” Foppiano, who raises produce in the east Stockton area and established Morada Produce, which later became Morada Nut Co.
• Joseph Grant, a University of California Cooperative Extension emeritus farm adviser and tree crop expert who retired from full-time work last year.
• Jack and Pati Hamm, who met as dairy science students at California Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo and later continued Pati’s family dairy, Lima Ranch in Lodi.
• Hank Van Exel, who manages his family’s Lodi dairy and judges dairy cows in contests around the world.
The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Hall of Fame is now in its 33rd year. Honorees will be recognized at a banquet Oct. 19 at the Robert J. Cabral Ag Center, 2101 East Earhart Ave., Stockton.
Tickets are $45 and must be purchased in advance. Visit http://stocktonchamber.org/ag-hall-of-fame/ or call (209) 547-2770.