Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history. In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.
The future Henri IV was born in Pau, Navarre in 1533. He is said to have been baptised with a spoon of Jurançon wine and garlic.
Sir Francis Drake begins his round the world voyage in 1577. During the trip he stopped in Valaparaiso, Chile where he captured a ship of Chilean wine.
Giovanni Del-Monico, a Swiss Wine Merchant and his brother Pietro open Delmonico & Brother Café 1827.
Pierre Marie Alexis Millardet who saved the vineyards of France from phylloxera was born in 1838.
The Cacc'e mmitte di Lucera DOC was created in 1975.
The Moscato di Sardegna DOC was created in 1979.
Portugal's Alto Douro Wine Region was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001.