February 20, 1673: On this day, the first recorded wine auction was held in Garraway’s Coffee House, Change Alley, in London, England. The building was famous in the 17th century for trading commodities and shares; it was the first building to sell tea to the public. Wine auctions have since become an inextricable part of the international culture of wine.

February 20, 1989: On this day, Chard Farm harvested its first grapes, with which it would later make its first wines. Chard Farm was founded by the Hay family, and its early years were largely viewed with skepticism, since few believed that quality wine could emerge from the continental climate of Central Otago. Since then, it has gained a reputation among the most notable wineries in the world, with deep roots in its community and a penchant for favoring in-depth experimentation over high-scale competition.

February 20, 2020: Stag’s Leap celebrated its 50th founding anniversary. From the 20th to the 22nd of February, the winery held several festivities to mark Stag’s Leaps milestone. The anniversary kicked off at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

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