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Sonoma County Wineries (Images of America Series)

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As early as the California Gold Rush of the mid-19th century, the first settlers of Sonoma County recognized that the rich soil and unique array of climates of the region's valleys were particularly conducive for the ages-old livelihood of viticulture. Beginning in 1857 with Buena Vista Winery, Sonoma became one of the preeminent winemaking regions in the world. Chronicled here in over 200 vintage images is Sonoma's wine producing history, covering its many wineries, vineyards, towns, and townsfolk that grew up ...
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Overview

As early as the California Gold Rush of the mid-19th century, the first settlers of Sonoma County recognized that the rich soil and unique array of climates of the region's valleys were particularly conducive for the ages-old livelihood of viticulture. Beginning in 1857 with Buena Vista Winery, Sonoma became one of the preeminent winemaking regions in the world. Chronicled here in over 200 vintage images is Sonoma's wine producing history, covering its many wineries, vineyards, towns, and townsfolk that grew up alongside the development of this fantastic agricultural enterprise.

The first Sonoma Country venture was Buena Vista Winery, founded in 1857 by the eccentric Count Agoston Haraszthy. Since then, and over the course of the next 150 years, hundreds of wineries would dot the landscape; while some succeeded and lasted through the years, others fell in the face of life's trials, including earthquakes, wildfires, and Prohibition. Covering three centuries of award-winning winemaking, this new book captures in photographs the history of some of the world's most famous wineries, their proprietors, workers, and families, including those from Korbel, Geyser Peak, Simi, Sebastiani, Pedroncelli, Orr, Seghesio, and Ravenswood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738519067
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,397,977
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Using photographs from the Sonoma County Library and Sonoma County Winery Archives, author Thomas Maxwell-Long offers readers a glimpse into the history of America's West Coast wine industry heritage.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2002

    A Must Read For Sonoma Tourists!!!

    This historical book on the wineries in Sonoma County has humor in it. It was good that the author explained and described eras, such as what Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy were doing in certain years, to give a feel of the government and American society at the time. Overall, it seems like the main idea was to show how Sonoma County started up real good, and then came Prohibition and other antagonizing eras. In result, some of the wineries and related things, ideas and businesses decayed. However, in 2002, Sonoma county is here, beautiful, and attracting lots and lots of people and tourist. This book appears as though it can be very useful to a tourist who does not know where to go. I even learned about the Botanist named Burbank. That was interesting since I lived in a city with the same name.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2002

    Fantastic!

    This is the best book that I have found on the wineries of Sonoma county. The author has included an impressive selection of historical photographs of the wineries and the towns around the county. I was surprised by the Jayne Mansfield pictures at the Flamingo Hotel, and it is interesting how much the cities and wineries have changed over the past 150 years.

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