January 5, 1938: On this day, a member of the Spanish royal dynasty, Juan Carlos I was born. From 22 November 1975 until the abdication of the King of Spain on 19 June 2014. After he abdicated, Juan Carlos was frequently referred to as the Rey Emérito in Spain. In Rioja, he opened the Vivanco Museum. The Vivanco Museum was inaugurated in 2004 by H.R.M. King Juan Carlos I and is a destination that is more than deserving of a place on this list. In its 4,000 square meters of exhibition space, which is spread across six rooms, are collections gathered by the Vivanco family over a long period. These include great works of art, farming implements, and vessels that date back hundreds of years, as well as audiovisual tools that help visitors learn about the past, present, and future of wine. A vineyard with more than 220 different grape kinds can be seen outside at the Garden of Bacchus.
January 5, 1969: On this day, Mark Stanford Oldman was born. Oldman has written multiple books on the subject of wine, holds speaking engagements on the subject in both corporate and festival circuits, and is an educator on entrepreneurship through Stanford University.
January 5, 2021: E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) revealed that it had successfully purchased over 30 winery companies from Constellation Brands, Inc. The Federal Trade Commission gave Gallo and Constellation permission to complete their deal on December 23, 2020. Gallo anticipated that this transaction would enable it to increase its operational footprint by acquiring Constellation’s Polyphenolics company in addition to five wineries in California, Washington, and New York. In a separate deal, Gallo also obtained the Nobilo New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc brand of Constellation.
January 5, 2022: On this day, ROCO winery was acquired by Santa Margherita.
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