Wine History

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

Ancient History

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.

Wine Resources

Wine History Bibliography

Start Here! Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack. This delightful books describes the red and white wines we all enjoy by describing the profile, the dominant flavors, origin and where...