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Special Collections Wine Lecture

"Historic Vineyards: Exploring the History of the Southern California Wine Industry and Cal Poly Pomona's Connection"

image of wine label

Image of Italian Vineyard Company in Guasti and surrounding vineyards from the Treasured Flavors booklet, circa 1930s (Southern California Wine and Wine Industry Ephemera Collection) and a wine label from Horsehill Vineyards.

Southern California was once home to the Italian Vineyard Company, which boasted the "World's Largest Vineyard" at 5,000 acres. While many wineries disappeared over the years because of Prohibition and other reasons, you can still find places where wine is produced, including here at Cal Poly Pomona, which provides the grapes for Horsehill Vineyards wines.

On November 15, 2018 at noon, Cal Poly Pomona Special Collections and Archives will host the presentation: Historic Vineyards: Exploring the History of the Southern California Wine Industry and Cal Poly Pomona's Connection. Dr. Margie Ferree Jones, professor at the Collins College of Hospitality Management, and Don Galleano, current patriarch of Galleano Winery in Mira Loma, will talk about modern viticulture in this region and at Cal Poly Pomona. Rob Strauss, NHPRC Project Archivist, will also discuss how Cal Poly Pomona is working to preserve the materials that chronicle the history of the wine industry in Southern California. Cal Poly Pomona began collecting Southern California-related wine materials in 1998 and the Southern California Wine and Wine Industry collection is one of Special Collection and Archives' four collecting areas.

The presentation will be held in Special Collections and Archives (room 4434) on the fourth floor of the University Library. For questions, please contact Katie Richardson, Head of Special Collections and Archives, at kjrichardson@cpp.edu.