Calendar

Sun 25

Exhibit: Seeking Gold, Finding Grapes

April 19 to December 31
Sun 25

Exhibit: Eberle Firsts at Eberle Winery

April 20 |10:00 am to December 31 |6:00 pm PDT
Cafe Roma, San Luis Obispo
Sep 09

Now That’s Italian!

September 9 |5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PDT
Bubblefest 2019
Sep 28

Bubblyfest 2019

September 28 |12:00 pm to 4:00 pm PDT

The Wine History Project

The Wine History Project of SLO County preserves and presents two centuries of local viticulture through research, interviews, exhibitions, publications, talks and tastings. We work with local museums, galleries, archives, and wineries to organize events and exhibitions in venues throughout the county.

Together We Can Preserve the Story of Central Coast Winemaking

Location

3592 Broad Street,
Suite 104,
San Luis Obispo,
CA 93401

Phone

(805) 439-4647

Email

libbie@winehistoryproject.org

Open Hours

By Appointment

Recent Articles

Janell Dusi

Janell Dusi

Janell was born into the fourth generation of a famous Italian family who settled in Paso Robles and Templeton in San Luis Obispo County in the 1920s. She was born and raised in the Dante Dusi Vineyard and by the age of 12 knew she wanted to pursue winemaking. Dante was her mentor.
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Romeo “Meo” Zuech (1926-2017)

Romeo “Meo” Zuech (1926-2017)

Romeo “Meo” Zuech was an Italian-born aerospace engineer who retired from Rocketdyne in 1983 and established the Piedra Creek Winery in the Edna Valley in 1984 with his wife Margaret. Margaret and Romeo “Meo” Zuech were Legends for introducing grape varieties from the Alto Adige, Italy region to San Luis Obispo County and Edna Valley. Together they planted Gewurztraminer, Lagrein, Dornfelder, Marzamino, and Teroldego. Margaret and Meo were the first to bring the Lagrein grape to the United States from Meo’s homeland in Bolzano, Italy.
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Ian McPhee

Ian McPhee

Ian McPhee changed the food and wine scene in San Luis Obispo County by bringing a new approach to selecting, preparing and serving great food in local restaurants. He was the first chef to focus on pairing those meals in his restaurants with the best local wines being produced in the county. He introduced himself to local winemakers, tasting and purchasing their wines for Ian’s Restaurant in Cambria and McPhee’s Grill in Templeton.
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Benito Dusi (1933-2019)

Benito Dusi (1933-2019)

Above all else, Benito was a beloved member of the Dusi family, the youngest of the three Dusi brothers and a member of the second generation of the famous grape-growing family. This is the only family of growers in San Luis Obispo County that has had five generations raising and harvesting grapes. Only two members of the family have made wine commercially – Benito in the 1950s and his grandniece Janell in the 21st century.
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Wine History by Decade: 1900s

Wine History by Decade: 1900s

1902 Silas York (of the York Family) becomes a partner in A. York and Sons. By 1902 A. York and Sons Winery was making 40,000 gallons of wine per year. They sold locally but also shipped wine to the East Coast in railroad tank cars. 1905The Dallidet vineyards, lost to...

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Wine History by Decade: 1910s

Wine History by Decade: 1910s

1911Walter and Silas York, sons of Andrew York, took over the management of York Winery and renamed it York Brothers Winery. They increased production to 100,000 gallons annually. York Brothers Winery became the largest winery in San Luis Obispo County.1913A. B...

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Max Goldman (1910-2004)

Max Goldman (1910-2004)

Max Goldman purchased and restored the iconic San Luis Obispo County Winery and vineyards of York Mountain Winery from 1970 to 2001. During Max’s career as a winemaker, his research on fermentation and observations profoundly increased the quality standards of wine, improved documentation, viticulture and course curriculum, and production efficiency. His scholarship led to becoming known as a “founding father” of the Wine Institute and of the American Society of Enologists (later known as the American Society of Enology and Viticulture); he was President from 1955-1956.
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Collaborations & Memberships

Exhibitions

Wine Becomes Art at SLOMA

Wine Becomes Art at SLOMA

Open March 1 to April 10. Featuring original works and art etchings on wine bottles, including original works by James-Paul Brown, Yuroz, Gary Conway, Candice Norcross, Colleen Gnos, Michael Masicampo, and artists of the Mano Tinta Project.
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Zin|SLO

Zin|SLO

The story of the Zinfandel Grape and early growers and winemakers. June 2018
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