From Rixford’s Winepress
and the Cellar, 1883
late 19th century
“Wine in California…inimitable
fragrance and soft fire…and the wine is bottled poetry,” wrote Robert
Louis Stevenson in 1883. The story of California winegrowing is
intricately entwined with the rich history of the State. Long before the
orange groves, before the discovery of gold, while Los Angeles was a
pueblo, and Yankees were foreigners, winemaking was an established part of
This illustrated 35 to 50 minute
presentation traces the captivating and stirring story of California wine
from its gentle beginnings, through tumultuous times, to the innovative
Follow the growth of California
winegrowing, beginning with Cortez and the Conquistadors in New Spain.
Trace its movement north to Alta California’s missions and pueblos.
Explore the evolution of California wine through exciting and challenging
times - the Gold Rush, Statehood, phylloxera, and Prohibition - and on to
the golden era of natural winegrowing and world-renowned wine.