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South Valley Wineries Rich in History An excerpt from Images of America, Wineries of Santa Clara Valley by Bev Stenehjem T Verde Vineyards 2143 Buena Vista Gilroy • 408.848.5907 verdevineyards.com Open: 12 -5 pm First & Third Weekends Founded: 2017 “We are excited to be a new part of the South Bay wine scene and look forward to positively contributing to the Santa Clara Valley wine industry. Our first releases have already received 90+ point wine ratings and gold medals and our new vintages will be even better.” Lynda & George Green , Owners Most Celebrated Wine Our 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Future Plans  We are getting ready to bottle some new wines to add to our award winning current releases that will give our customers even more to taste. As our vineyards mature, our production and quality will continue to rise. Wine Club: Coming Soon 76 he wineries of Santa Clara Valley have a rich history, dating back to the 1700s. First came the Spaniards, then the Frenchmen, and finally the Italians. The secret was out, the mild climate here in Santa Clara Valley was ideal, not only for growing vines, but also for living comfortably. The Spanish padres founded Mission Santa Clara in 1777 and seeing snarls of native grapevines climbing the trees along the creeks and valley, they knew that their grape cuttings would thrive here. Although the quality of the wine varied, much of it was crude and mostly used for religious purposes. In the mid-1800s, the French started to arrive, first lured to the Sierra Mountains by the Gold rush and then settling in the San Jose area for all the good land available. The French greatly improved the quality of wines by planting the right varietals and employing years of established techniques to improve vineyard health and grape quality. By 1880, the Italians came in droves, bringing their fruit-growing skills and hard work ethic to share in the bounty of the Santa Clara Valley. The Italians did most of the pruning, with centuries of best practices behind them. Thousands of acres were planted in grapevines. Most of the young wine was sold to the growing population and restaurants in San Francisco-oftentimes finished and blended there for further sale and shipped off to other parts of the country. The booming wine industry almost ground to a halt in the early 1900s. First, phylloxera appeared-a tiny, sap-sucking aphid that threatened to wipe out most of the vineyards. As winemakers struggled to stop the devastation of this pest, in 1906, the San Francisco earthquake hit. The resulting fires destroyed 15 million gallons of wine and several major wine cellars. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN With little time to recuperate from phylloxera and the earthquake, Prohibition started in 19 #7&֖ƗrFRVf7GW&R@6RbvRBF6BfbFRw&V@FW&W76&Vv#VR6V@&Fǒff&B'&VBWBrvRbW"vW&W2F&RWBFV &VrfW&G2B6VvBFW"v0FRƗfrvWfW"&RFfWpbW"fWvVW'27FVBFR6W'6RVWrFV"fW&G2ƗfR'VFW"6VƖpFV"vRF6W&6v6v2Vv’ 6V7&WFǒ6VƖrFV"vW2FVRbvƷ2bƖfR6VFrFRƖ6RBFW vfW&VBff62G&F'26V7&WB6V'2BvWBv6'2vW&RFRRbFRvRvFFRVBb&&F32FPvW&W26vǒFR6V&6f"FPWB3V'2"67BvRv26VBVpvRVRvVB'&rFV"vVw2FFRvW&W2B6f"fWFW@Gv66W3&VB"vFRvW2vW&RW7Vǐ&VBb6WfW&G2bw&W2BFPf&WF2"fFvRV'2vW&RB7V6fVBखFR֖B2FR6F6&fWv2&gW6b&6&G2BfW&G0g&PVBFFRFW"W"vR&VvfW6ǐ&V6R6VBFRfWbV'N( 2FVƖvBvVFRVFvVBb&267W'&VBsbFR6Ɩf&vRGW7G'WFVBB&ƖBF7Frbg&V6BW&6vW2g&V6VbvRWW'G0v&BBFRF'2F6WfW&6Ɩf&vW2VV7VVBvVFRg&V6vPVFvW2V&VBFBFR6Ɩf&vW2@v6WfW&bFRVFvW27F&VBWB&FW7B&GFW&ǒFVV6rFR6FW7BFRח7FVRbBv&Bg&V6vW0vfRvFFRWrv&Bb6Ɩf&vW22FRfW7BFRv&Bf7BTuU5B4UDT$U"#6FVW2vRpvևFF6