Mondavi family builds new home in Beaufort

Mondavi family builds new home in Beaufort

Rob Mondavi Jr., and wife Lydia Mondavi are establishing their Southern roots with the creation of a new designer home in Beaufort. Located on the banks of Port Royal Sound overlooking Parris Island, the home, designed by Reu Architects, blends Napa’s acclaimed wine country with the casual elegance of the Lowcountry to embody the family’s entertaining lifestyle and reconnect them to Lydia’s South Carolina ancestral heritage.

“My family has a long history in this area,” says Lydia Mondavi. “My mother’s forefathers, John Rutledge and his son of the same name, served in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, respectively. Additionally, John and Edward Rutledge signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. My paternal grandfather, Y.T. Abernathy, served as a Marine in World War II and was trained at Parris Island, the very island we overlook off our deep-water dock now.”

This Napa Valley couple shares a passion for wine and sustainable living principles, both of which inspired the designer home and Mondavi Home Collection, a growing assortment of authentic home essentials that debuted in January 2014, with innovative reserve barrel flooring made from a selection of refurbished Mondavi wine barrels. A true labor of love, Rob and Lydia partnered with acclaimed designers and manufacturers to bring their Southern story to life through their distinct personal style and regional inspirations.

Part of embracing the Lowcountry’s relaxed lifestyle, according to Lydia, is creating livable outdoor space to enjoy the region’s sights and sounds, and Trex Company Inc.’s quality decking allows the whole family, including Rob and Lydia’s 3-year-old son, Robert Mondavi III, to enjoy its natural beauty.

Honoring the essence of the picturesque coast, the entire home is tied together by the coastal-inspired color scheme and décor. Thoughtfully curated by Lydia’s mother, interior decorator Anita Wilbanks, the home’s 22 color palette by Benjamin Moore represents the varying hue of ocean tides with each room’s color ebbing and flowing from dark to light. Additional decorative elements throughout the home include lighting by Circa Lighting and furnishings by M Interiors.

The family is excited to divide their time between Napa, Ca., and Beaufort and to give their son an opportunity to explore the coastal life the region offers. For more information, please visit their website at