1800s

By 1800 the San Luis Obispo and San Miguel missions had livestock – cattle, sheep, and poultry.

In the early 1800s, the first vineyard was planted between Mission San Miguel Archangel and the Salinas River. A second vineyard was located northeast of the mission complex on 18 acres at Vineyard Springs, just off Vineyard Canyon. In 1815, a three-room adobe house was built in the center of the vineyard for the padres who tended the vines.

1804

San Luis Obispo Mission population reached its peak at 832. There had been 2,074 baptisms and 1,091 deaths registered in the baptismal and death records at the Mission.

1808-1809

Rancho San Miguelito, a granary and chapel, were constructed at the mouth of San Luis Obispo Creek, near the present town of Avila.

1820s

The Mission San Luis Obispo produces over one hundred barrels of wine a year. Its vineyard becomes the mission system’s second-largest, after the Mission San Gabriel’s.

Vinifera vines are imported to Long Island from England and Austrian Empire.

George Gibbs introduces the Zinfandel grape to America.

1834

The secularization of Mission agricultural lands by the Mexican government leads to the abandonment of the vineyards.