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In fact, vineyards were sprouting all over the place in Southern California before Napa and much of Northern California was cultivated.
It is known that European grape varieties were being planted in Los Angeles and Anaheim in the 1830’s.
This is probably the first official review of any California wine.
Those early vines were cultivated to produce wine used for religious purposes.Thanks to a small group of European emigrants, Napa and Sonoma got their start when Abraham Lincoln was President!Before the Napa Valley was known for producing quality wine, many of the most popular American wines came from New York, Virginia, Ohio and Missouri.George Calvert Yount began planting vineyards as far back as 1836 in Northern California. Thanks to Samuel Brannan, the creation of Calistoga was not far behind.In 1859, Samuel Brannan purchased a large tract of land where he began planting vines, called Agua Caliete Ranch.