July 16, 1660: On this day, Austrian architect Jakob Prandtauer was born. He was the designer of the Kellerschlössl Dürnstein castle that currently serves as the winery for the Domäne Wachau production.

July 16, 1809: Tatsuuma Kiyo was born. Tatsuuma Kiyo grew the Hakushika sake business to be the largest in Japan in a historical period where she wasn’t legally allowed to step foot into a brewhouse due to her gender.

July 16, 2013: Yamanashi received its geographical indication status on this day. Because it was registered by the Commissioner of the National Tax Agency, the regulatory body of the wine market in Japan, Yamanashi was the first prefecture in Japan to be given the right to use the geographical indicator of wine.

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