New World Plantings and Dates

All wine-producing areas outside of Europe are referred to as “new world wine regions.” California, Washington, Oregon, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa are some of the important new world wine producing areas. The following list highlights the important planting dates in the regions considered New World.

  • 1530

    Grape vines were planted in Colombia

    After the first planting, Catholic priests in monasteries around the...
  • 1540

    First vines were planted in Peru

    Peru became the first nation in Latin America to produce...
  • 1549

    Grapes were first planted in Mexico

    Spanish settlers initially planted grapes in Mexico in the sixteenth...
  • 1551

    First vines planted in Chile

    According to local lore, Francisco de Aguirre personally planted the...
  • 1554

    The planting of European Vitis vinifera vines in Chile

    Around 1554 in the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors and missionaries...
  • 1556

    First vines in Argentina

    When cuttings from the Chilean Central Valley were transported to...
  • 1629

    Spanish Missionaries introduced vines planting in New Mexico

    In 1629, when Spanish missionaries first arrived in what is...
  • 1655

    First vines were planted in South Africa

    When the Dutch East India Company first arrived in Cape...
  • 1769

    Vineyard planting begun in California

    The Spanish Franciscan Missionaries planted the first vineyards in the...
  • 1788

    First Vines in Australia

    The First Fleet and Captain Arthur Phillip of the British...
  • 1800s

    More plantings in Oregon

    Numerous immigrants to Southern Oregon in the 1880s experimented with...
  • 1811

    First vines were planted in Ontario Canada

    In Ontario, grapevines were first planted in 1811, and winemaking...
  • 1812

    First vines were planted in Sonoma

    Russian farmers and fur trappers established the first grape vines...
  • 1819

    First vines plantings in New Zealand

    In September 25, 1819, Charles Gordon, Superintendent of Agriculture, planted...
  • 1823

    Mass Grape growing begun in Sonoma

    Not until shortly after 1823, when Spanish missionaries started building...
  • 1825

    First Vines planted in Washington

    The first vineyard was planted in Washington in 1825, marking...
  • 1830

    Vineyards were replanted in Algeria

    In order to meet the demands of the nearby pieds-noir,...
  • 1839

    First plantings in Napa Valley

    George Calvert Yount planted the first vineyard in 1839. Later,...
  • 1847

    First vines planting in Oregon

    Horticulturist Henderson Luelling, who arrived in the territory via the...
  • 1861

    The first commercial winery was established in Napa Valley

    The first commercial winery in the Napa Valley was established...
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