April 14 1789: On this day, Tiburcio Tapia was born. Tapia set up the first winery in California and the second oldest winery in the United States. Before venturing into the wine business, Tapia served as a soldier and politician for the Mexican government. Tapia received a land grant from Mexican governor Juan Baptista Alvarado in the present-day Rancho Cucamonga and Upland, where he established his winery. Tapia’s Rancho Cucamonga vineyard grew to be the largest in California until prohibition.

April 14, 1817: Aloysius Kranewitter was born in Innsbruck in Austria. In 1849 he and his religious followers purchased a property in the Clare Valley in southern Australia, which he called Sevenhills in honor of the seven hills of Rome. This became the first major center of wine production in the Clare Valley following the planting of the first grapevines in 1851.

April 14, 1847: Beginning on this date, Malbec was introduced in Argentina. The grape was brought to Argentina for the first time when a regional governor named Domingo Faustino Sarmiento ordered a French agronomic called Michel Pouget to transfer cuttings of grapevines from France to Argentina.

April 14, 1873: Leeuwin Estate Winery, Australia, was found today. The Margaret River region in Western Australia is widely recognized as one of the most successful wine-producing areas in the Southern Hemisphere. The Leeuwin Estate, one of the first wineries established in the area, is often regarded as the most prestigious in the region, with about sixty wineries. Not satisfied with producing a wine that is known all over the world for its lush vineyard with a cold environment.

April 14, 1882: On this day, Chateau Montelena, California, was established. It was originally named after the winery’s founder Alfred Tubbs. The winery’s original purpose was to serve as a facility for aging wine in barrels. The replanting of the Estate vineyard in 1972 marked the beginning of the winery’s resurrection, which James Barrett led. This took place during the same year. The 1973 Chardonnay ranked exceptionally well at the Judgement of Paris. Following this success, the release of Chateau Montelena in 1976 catapulted California to the forefront of the global wine industry.

April 14, 1895: On this day, Tannat Day was began in Uruguay. Uruguay commemorates Tannat Day to honor the death of winemaker Pascual Harriague, in 1894. Harriague began cultivating Tannat in Uruguay in the 1870s and received international acclaim for the wines after exhibiting them at European wine exhibitions.

April 14 1933: On this day, Georges Duboeuf was born in Creches-sur-Saone, France. Duboeuf was one of the famous wine merchants from France. He is known for popularizing the production of Beaujolais wines. Duboeuf was raised in Maconnais, Burgundy, and became a revered negociant.

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