1861 - The first commercial winery was established in Napa Valley
The first commercial winery in the Napa Valley was established by Charles Krug in 1861, making him the region’s pioneer. By 1889, 140 other wineries had already been established in addition to the best, most well-known, and oldest wineries in the area, Schramsberg, Beringer, and Inglenook. The vines experienced the worst during this time. An outbreak called Phylloxera struck the vineyards and wiped out the majority of the Valley’s crops. This was just one of the challenges that the modern winemakers faced.
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