January 12, 1983: On this day, Rocky Knob AVA was established. Located in Virginia, the viticulture area mainly produces Seyval Blanc.
January 12, 2010: On this day, The California Sustainable Winegrowing Program was launched. It is managed by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA), a pioneering organization within the California wine sector to promote sustainable wine growing techniques.
January 12, 2011: National Geographic reported on discovering the world’s oldest winery at the Areni 1 cave complex in Armenia following excavations and archaeological work, which the National Geographic Society itself had partially funded. The winery in question dated to approximately 6,000 years ago and was developed sometime between 4100 BC and 4000 BC when Armenia was still in the Copper Age or Chalcolithic Period. This was not the earliest center of viticulture to ever be discovered. Still, it is the earliest winery where wine was mass-produced using presses and facilities to produce large quantities in one site. Thus, Armenia holds the title of having been host to the world’s first known winery.
January 12, 2017: On this day, devastating wildfires raged across South Africa’s Western Cape wine region, destroying vineyards and buildings. The first flames broke out on Jan. 3, affecting vineyards such as Vergelegen, Morgenster, and Lourensford; another fire in Paarl’s Dal Josafat district caused enormous damage to wineries. High winds of up to 60 miles per hour, along with unusually dry circumstances, have impeded firefighters’ efforts to put out the fires, with new outbreaks being reported on the Cape Peninsula, near the Constantia wine area.
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