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Soft Soil, Black Grapes – The Birth of Italian Winemaking in California - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Soft Soil, Black Grapes: The Birth of Italian Winemaking in California

Simone Cinotto


From Ernest and Julio Gallo to Francis Ford Coppola, Italians have shaped the history of California wine. More than any other group, Italian immigrants and their families have made California viticulture one of America's most distinctive and vibrant achievements, from boutique vineyards in the Sonoma hills to the massive industrial wineries of the Central Valley. But how did a small group of nineteenth-century immigrants plant the roots that flourished into a world-class industry? Was there something particularly “Italian” in their success? This book demonstrates that these Italian visionaries ... More

Keywords: viticulture, Italian immigrants, California, winemakers, wine history, immigrant entrepreneurship, class struggle, racial inequality, American wine, consumer culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814717387
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814717387.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simone Cinotto, author