In California, wine is most associated with the northern regions of the state, where cooler climates and volcanic soils help growers cultivate internationally renowned varietals. One of California’s first commercial vineyards, however, arose on the banks of the Los Angeles River. Just a mile outside of LA’s present-day downtown, priests with the San Gabriel Mission planted vine cuttings harvested from Mexico as early as 1771. Though the industry later migrated to Napa, these early vintners introduced California to some of the European growing techniques that are still used across the state today.Read More
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