8 Vintage Photos of California Winemaking

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8 Vintage Photos of California Winemaking
There was a time when California wine country was not, well, California wine country. Winemaking in the Golden State has a long, somewhat complex history that dates back to the planting of the first vines in the 1700s. Apparently, the initial batches of wine were produced by missionaries and were used primarily by the church for religious purposes. Any guess about where the Mission grapes variety came from? 

It wasn’t until the 1800s that the commercial wine industry began to develop in California; during those formative years, Napa and Sonoma put American wine on the map. How was wine made back then? Here’s a hint: It was a lot of work. Take a scroll through the slideshow to see how wine was made in Sonoma County in the 1940s.
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