November 22, 1847: The settler ship John Wickliffe departs from London for New Zealand. Its arrival is considered the founding day of the Otago region. Central Otago in particular has become an area famed for the quality of its wines. Pinot Noir is the most well-known grape in Central Otago, but the area also produces Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Riesling. It is home to many wineries, including Mondillo Vineyards, Greylands Ridge, Carrick Wines, Black Ridge Winery, Bald Hills Vineyard, and many more.
November 22, 1912: On this day, Doris Duke was born. Duke was the daughter of the tobacco and energy magnate James Buchanan. She was a wide-ranging philanthropist, founder of multiple charities, and a patron of the arts. She kept a significant collection of wines at both of her estates. She passed away in 1993, and her will was the basis for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
November 22, 1933: On this day, Philippine de Rothschild, a French vintner and actress, was born. She was the only daughter of Baron Phillipe de Rothschild, and ran his Châteaux after his death, including Château Mouton-Rothschild. As chairwoman of Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A. she nearly doubled the wine sales of the company within a 12 year period. She passed away in 2014.
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