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.
Jan van Riebeeck, who planted in the first grapes in Cape Town was born in 1619.
The Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect in 1933. This law was an amendment the Volstead Act and allowed the sale and taxation of low alcohol beers and wines. It was signed into law by Franklin Roosevelt.
Suzanne Valadon, artist model and painter died in 1938. She was the subject of the Toulouse Lautrec painting, The Hangover.
Director Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939. He owns Niebaum Coppola, Rubicon Estate, Inglenook, and the Francis Ford Coppola Winery.
California's Yorkville Highlands AVA was designated in 1998.
Spain's Penedés DO was created in 2002.