December 26, 1862: Charles Hubert de Castella, a Swiss immigrant, established one of the first vineyards in Australia’s Yarra Valley. The winery, St Huberts, is still operating today, having set the standard of quality for Yarra Valley wine. It has the name of the hunter’s patron saint.

December 26, 1690: Domnita Anna Porphyrogenita (fondly known as Anica), the daughter of Prince Alexandru Băleanu of Moldavia and Princess Ruxandra Rareshid of Wallachia, became the first woman to be permitted to drink wine in Romania.

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