June 14, 1830: On this day in 1830, a French army consisting of 34,000 men under the command of General Louis-Auguste de Bourmont landed 27 kilometers west of Algiers in Algeria to begin the French conquest of this vast portion of North Africa. France established a significant colony here in the years that followed, and from the mid-nineteenth century onward, French settlers in Algeria began planting vineyards. Eventually, the Algerian wine industry became so large that it was the most extensive wine exporter in the world for most of the first half of the twentieth century by a very considerable stretch.

June 14, 1927: On this day, the Pedroncellis, an Italian immigrant family who settled in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, acquired land in the valley, which is now home to a substantial amount of the world’s wine production.

June 14, 1933: The Louis M. Martini Winery was founded on this date. Louis M. Martini was born in 1887 in Pietra Ligure, on the Italian Riviera, not distant from numerous other Napa Valley vintners with origins in this region. He immigrated to the United States with his family when he was young.

June 14, 1982: On this day, Chalone AVA was established in California. The viticultural area is only home to a small number of properties, with under ten vineyards and wineries combined. However, the wines produced here are noted for their complexity thanks to the unique climate and volcanic soil from Mount Chalone.

June 14, 2017: On this day, Back to Burgundy was released. It is a French drama film that follows a conflicted group of siblings whose father becomes ill, leaving them to decide how to handle the wine estate they were raised on.

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