18th January – Father of Müller-Thurgau Grape Died Today 1927

Hermann Müller (21 October 1850 – 18 January 1927) was a Swiss botanist and oenologist from the canton of Thurgau in Switzerland. During his time working for the Geisenheim Grape Breeding Institute, he created the Müller-Thurgau in 1882, a variety of grape with high importance in winemaking and the … [Read more...]

21st October – Herman Muller – Father of Muller-Thurgau Grape Born Today 1850

Hermann Müller (21 October 1850 – 18 January 1927) was a Swiss botanist and oenologist from the canton of Thurgau in Switzerland. During his time working for the Geisenheim Grape Breeding Institute, he created the Müller-Thurgau in 1882, a variety of grape with high importance in winemaking and the … [Read more...]

20th October – Father of Pinotage Grape Born Today 1880

Pinotage is a uniquely South African grape variety. Pinotage has now been planted in other countries, but the origin of Pinotage is South African. Because of the efforts of South African makers of Pinotage wines. South Africa has both practical and patriotic reasons for aggressively promoting … [Read more...]

3rd September – Harvest Update and Manseng Grape Intro

2003-Chateau Rives Blanques - This year’s harvest got off to a brilliant start on September 3rd and came to a brilliant close today with a traditional harvesters’ lunch. Apart from a few wobbly bits in between, the weather was perfect throughout. The excessive heat of the summer brought our harvest … [Read more...]

23rd August – Zinfandel History

Until only recently, Zinfandel was California's "mystery grape" because its origins were unknown. In 1994, DNA fingerprinting confirmed that the Primitivo and Zinfandel grapes were genetically identical, however, it's not a 100 percent match. There are clonal differences between the Zinfandel grown … [Read more...]

21st August – History of the Concord Grape

On August 21st 2001  Suntory Japan will begin marketing SUNTORY HOKKAIDO AKINAMA, a low-malt beer that is specially brewed for the autumn season in Hokkaido. The company created this product exclusively for sale in Hokkaido after conducting several consumer surveys to aid in developing a beer to … [Read more...]

13th July – 4th World Vinifera Conference Opened Today 1995

13th to 15th July 1995, Fourth World Vinifera Conference held in Seattle WA discussing defining world-class wines and related general subjects. Visionary wine personality Allen Shoup, the former president of Stimson Lane was crucial in securing this conference for Washington State.   13th … [Read more...]

11th July – Cynthiana Official Missouri State Grape Today 2003 & Vigneron Hans Irvine Died Today 1922

The Norton/Cynthiana grape officially became the Missouri State Grape on July 11, 2003. The Norton/Cynthiana grape (Vitis Aestivalis) is the oldest American grape still being grown. Regardless of the mysteries and controversies surrounding its origins, there is no argument that the small grape … [Read more...]

10th July – 3 New Grape Varieties 2006 and 3 Lifetime Achievement Awards 2008

10th July 2006 Cornell releases three new wine grape varieties; Noiret, Corot Noir and Valvin Muscat, which are adapted to wine-growing conditions in eastern USA. Bruce Reisch, professor of horticultural sciences at Cornell's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y. and Thomas … [Read more...]

13th June – Zinfandel First Arrives in California 1848

On June 13, 1848, one day before the Bear Flag of independence was raised in Sonoma, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society saw a curiosity displayed by one J. Fiske Allen of Salem...a grapevine called "ZINFINDAL." Two years later another member of the Society, Capt F.W. Macondray, had gone west … [Read more...]