April 30, 2002: On this day, Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure was published. During World War II one of the most desired treasures by the Nazis were French wines, which together with the most famous wineries in the world were now at the mercy of the occupants. Wine and War tells the interesting and little-known story of wartime winemakers who mobilized to save their crops and bottles through cunning. Donald and Petie Kladstrup reveal the story of 5 wine families, as well as the exploits of the French resistance, winemakers and even Germans to protect France’s greatest treasure.
April 30, 2021: On this day, Yalumba introduced the International Viognier Day to the global wine calendar in honor of the unique white wine variety. Yalumba planted viognier vines in the Eden Valley for the first time in 1980. Plantings were previously restricted to the French appellations of Condrieu and Côte Rôtie.
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