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Agoston Haraszthy brings 100,000 vine cuttings from Europe to the vineyards of northern California

California, 1857, zoomable map
01/23/1862
Agoston Haraszthy was an Hungarian winemaker who had settled first in Wisconsin and then in northern California, where he founded the Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma County.  At San Francisco, more than 100,000 cuttings of 350 different varieties of vines Haraszthy had collected in Europe arrived.  Haraszthy tried to enlist state funds for their distribution around the northern counties but the legislature refused to help.  Haraszthy struggled financially, ultimately declaring bankruptcy in 1868, but his boldness and his vines changed the face of California.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
Brian McGInty, Strong Wine: The Life and Legend of Agoston Haraszthy (Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998), 357. 

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