Colonial Wine History Introduction

“Wine is the light of the sun trapped in the water.” This is what Galileo had to say about the noble beverage.

Wine is still a sign of key symbols, and a culture has grown up around its usage. Wine, like so many other cultural items and commodities, originates in Eurasia and the Near, Middle, and Far East. There are winemaking records dating back to 7000 BC in the Caucasus, specifically in Georgia.

Before the 16th century, vines had been transported to America and Mexico. In 1592, the Huguenots, or French Protestants, established a winery in Jacksonville, Florida. The vines made it to the American continent thanks to colonial conquests at the start of the 16th century. The grapevine, which originated in Mexico, was brought to California, Chile, and Argentina by missionaries. In the 16th century, wine was grown in Chile, Argentina, Peru, and Brazil, and small quantities were even exported to Europe.

The timelines below takes through the influence of colonial system on wine.

1500
  • 1513
       

    1513 - European Explorers and Settlers on the vine

    Ponce de Leon, a Spanish adventurer, arrived in what is now Florida in 1513. He cleared the way for Spanish and French Huguenot settlers to establish muscadine wine production in the area. Early attempts

  • 1524
       

    1524 - The Spanish were the first to cultivate grapes in Mexico

    During the Spanish colonisation of Mexico in the 16th century, grapes were planted for the first time. Hernan Cortez, the governor of New Spain, ordered the immigrants to plant grapes on March 20, 1524.

  • 1530
       

    1530 - Spanish missionaries introduced first vines in Colombia

    In 1530, Spanish missionaries introduced grape vines in Colombia. Wine was primarily made by Catholic priests in monasteries around the country for religious purposes. The wine industry did not expand as quickly as it

1900

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