History and Historic Sites of the Valley * Then and Now Photos * Lost Crescenta * Rockhaven * Membership
Los Angeles has an amazingly long history of wine production, starting in the 1700s with the Mission wines. With the Americanization of the Southland, vineyards became a premium crop, and it's a little know fact that Los Angeles was the top wine producing region in the US at the turn of the century. Of course, the Crescenta Valley played a big part in that dominance of the wine industry. Stuart Byles will give us the history of wine production in Los Angeles, with an emphasis on local production. Mr. Byles is the founder of the Stone Barn Vineyard Conservancy, a local group that is producing wine from the historic Le Mesnager vineyards in Deukmejian Park.