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The Ancient French Variety: Carménère

The Ancient French Variety: Carménère Carménère is an ancient red grape variety from France, specifically the region of Bordeaux. Grande Vidure is another name for it. Phylloxera, an insect pest of commercial grapevines, decimated […]

July 1

July 1, 1816: On this day, Emperor Franz I of Austria handed over ownership of Schloss Johannisberg to his Foreign Minister Prince von Metternich. Schloss Johannisberg is one of the oldest wineries in Germany, […]

The Conquistador’s Impact on Wine in South America

The Conquistador’s Impact on Wine in South America In 1554, Spanish conquistadors and missionaries transported European Viti's vinifera vines to Chile. According to mythology, the conquistador Francisco de Aguirre planted the first vines. The […]

February 19

February 19, 1866: On this day, Mary Elizabeth Anderson was born. In addition to inventing and acquiring the patent for car windshield wipers, she ran a vineyard in California. February 19, 1962: On this […]

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