November 2, 1788: On this day, Grenache was planted in the Southern Rhône Valley. Grenache arrived in France probably through what is now Roussillon as it was under Aragón rule.

November 2, 1910: On this day, Domingo Fernández Concha, founder of Viña Santa Rita, passed away at the age of 72. Viña Santa Rita produces different denominations of Chilean wines such as Valle de Casablanca, Valle del Maipo, and Valle del Rapel. For more than 100 years it has been producing high-quality wines that are exported to different countries.

November 2, 1993: During this time, grape varieties were identified using DNA profiling for the first time. In 1994, it was determined that the ‘Merlot’ produced in Chile is Carmenere, the ‘lost grape’ of Bordeaux. DNA testing verified this three years afterward.

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