1819 - First vines plantings in New Zealand
In September 25, 1819, Charles Gordon, Superintendent of Agriculture, planted the first grapevines on Bay of Islands locations including Rangihoua, Kerikeri, Russell, and Waitangi under the direction of Marsden. As a side note, it was James Busby who first popularized winegrowing in the adjacent town of Waitangi in 1836. He provided wine to the British troops there. Beginning in 1839, Catholic brothers from the Society of Mary made wine for sacraments on their Whangaroa vineyard. In 1851, after relocating to Hawke’s Bay in the south, they founded mission Estate.
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