21 Sep '11, 1pm

California Mission Becomes a Sustainable Winery @AncientPeaks with @SIPtheGoodLife Certification

California Mission Becomes a Sustainable Winery @AncientPeaks with @SIPtheGoodLife Certification

Like much of the California's Central Coast, the area was first settled by Chumash and Salinan Indians more than 10,000 years ago. But it was during the 1770s when the site was selected by Father Junípero Serra to become part of the saint's famed Mission Trail. By 1787, Santa Margarita de Cortona had been built and was a sub-mission to Mission San Luis Obispo. In fact, it was during this period that grapes were first grown at the location. Growing Grapes, Missionary Style Doug Filipponi explains that "Eventually they built about 40 adobes here and this building that is known as the Asistencia de Santa Margarita de Cortona , which was named after the patron Saint Margaret from Cortona, Italy, and known to be one of the first stone and mortar buildings in California." The site's historic structure, known as the Asistencia, still remains today. The property has changed hands ...

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