History of Viticulture and Wine
Texas History from The Handbook of Texas Online
The history of viticulture in Texas spans three centuries and precedes the introduction of wine grapes to California by almost a century.
Thomas Volney Munson
Viticulturalist, noted author, and one of the leading experts in native American grape species. His studies were instrumental in saving the European grape and wine industry from disaster during the late nineteenth century.
Val Verde Winery
The Val Verde Winery, a family-owned operation in Del Rio, Texas, has been in existence for over a century. It was established in 1883 by Frank Qualia and has been in continuous operation ever since, owned and operated by the descendants of the founder.
John G. Hatch
An innovator in grape culture, John Hatch built a wine industry that flourished in the Ingleside area until the 1920s.
Note: Additional resources can be found on our Library page.
Thomas Jefferson’s Dream for American Wines
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Thomas Jefferson’s Vineyards at Monticello
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation
America’s First Grape: The Muscadine
Agricultural Research magazine, USDA-ARS
California Wine History Files
Sonoma County Wine Library
The Origins and Ancient History of Wine
University of Pennsylvania
A History of Wine in America: From the Beginnings to Prohibition, Thomas Pinney, 1989
Historical Viticulture Books
The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture
Mann Library, Cornell University
The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture is a core electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science, forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science. Scholars have selected the titles in this collection for their historical importance.
Viticulture Books in the Collection:
Foundations of American Grape Culture, Thomas Volney Munson, 1909.
The Cultivation of the Native Grape, and Manufacture of American Wines, George Husmann, 1866.
The Grapes of New York, U. P. Hedrick, 1908.
Manual of American Grape Growing, U. P. Hedrick, 1919.
The Grape in Kansas, William H. Barnes, 1901.
Small fruits: their propagation and cultivation, including the grape, William H. Hills, 1886.
Fungus diseases of the grape and other plants and their treatment, F. Lamson-Scribner, F., 1890.