April 5, 1815: On this day, a catastrophic eruption of Mount Tambora caused significant destruction to the global wine industry due to the massive volume of ash lowering global temperatures up to a year later.

April 5, 1890: On this day, Baron Pierre Le Roy de Boiseaumarié was born. An integral figure in French wine history, he was the owner and director of Château Fortia, an estate with a history of winemaking that traced back to the 1300s. He spent his teens fighting against wine fraud and insincere techniques, which led him later in life to co-found the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO). He also had a hand in the development of the Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) system, the original framework for appellations that has come to be used worldwide.

April 5, 1937: On this day, the Côtes du Rhône appellation of France was established, indicating the originality of wine as Rhône wine. Côtes du Rhône are the fundamental AOC wines of the Rhône area. These wines may be red, white, or rosé, and they are often predominated by Grenache, either Grenache noir or Grenache rouge, depending on the color of the wine.

April 5, 1994: On this day, the Russian-born winemaker Andre Victor Tchelistcheff passed away in California. He helped combat grape disease by developing frost-prevention measures. Tchelistcheff ran Beaulieu Vineyards in Napa Valley for 35 years, 15 years of which were simultaneous to his running of a private wine laboratory in St. Helena. In addition, he amassed an enviable collection of books on wine.

April 5, 2003: On this day, Priam Vineyards winery was officially opened. The winery finished installing solar panels in 2010, making it the first in New England to run entirely on solar energy. In terms of making vegan wine, it leads the world. After a thorough examination of its production procedures from the soil to the bottle, it received BevVeg International’s global certification for its vegan-friendly approach to winemaking in 2018, adding Connecticut to the list of American wineries to achieve this seal of approval . The winery, which makes wines in the manner of Northern France and Germany, has received numerous international wine medals. The 40-acre property of Priam Vineyards, which has 18 acres of vineyard and engages in sustainable agriculture and energy production, is located in the Salmon River Watershed.

April 5, 2016: On this day, the Zuccardi family inaugurated their new wine cellar, a modern building inspired by the climate and soil of the Uco Valley region. The Zuccardi family has taken advantage of the climatic characteristics and the soil of the Uco Valley in Argentina to produce excellent quality wine; its vineyards have been considered the best in the world on multiple occasions.

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