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First vines were planted in Sonoma

1812 - First vines were planted in Sonoma

Russian farmers and fur trappers established the first grape vines in Sonoma in 1812 along the Pacific coast as part of an outpost to raise food and hunt sea otters for the Alaskan fur trade. Not until shortly after 1823, when Spanish missionaries started building their final mission in California, Mission San Francisco Solano, did grape farming really start to take off. Several thousand vines were planted by Father Jose Altamira, or possibly by his newly baptized Native American servants, for the purpose of producing sacramental wine and other unknown purposes.

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