Wine History

Collecting, preserving and sharing the story of wine in SLO County.

18th Century History

Wine History: 1769 to 1800

The art of winemaking and the rootstock that we call the Mission Grape, belonging to the famed Vitis vinifera species of grapes, were brought to California by the Spaniards. The grape, first known as Listan Prieto, arrived in Mexico around 1540 and was planted in what is now New Mexico in the 1620s.

19th Century History

The Wine House – Paso Robles 1887

1144 Pine Street, located on the southeast corner of Pine at 12th Street, has been many things over the years. It is currently an Italian restaurant and formerly home to Villa Creek. Further back in time, to the year 1887 to be exact, the property housed The Wine House and Billiard Hall, owned and operated by E.J. Carpeaux.

  • Wine - 1900s & 1910s History
  • Wine - 1920s & 1930s History
  • Wine - 1940s & 1950s History
  • Wine - 1960s History
  • Wine - 1970s History
  • Wine - 1980s History

Wine History by Decade: 1970s

The first large scale commercial vineyards are in San Luis Obispo County, financed by serious capital investors and partnerships shaping history in San Luis Obispo County. For the previous 100 years, the vineyards and wineries were individual or family-owned enterprises.

21st Century History

Let’s Celebrate National Zinfandel Day!

Zinfandel Stories: Central Coast from Zinfandel Advocates & Producers on Vimeo. California’s Central Coast, known for its rugged beauty, is also home to several world-class wine regions. For Zinfandel, no other AVA compares to that of Paso Robles. Planted by Italian immigrants in the 1920s, Zinfandel has had plenty of time to take root. National Zinfandel Day is a worldwide celebration of the Zinfandel grape variety, intended to give Zinfandel lovers around the globe a platform to express their passion for the grape and the wines made from it.