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    It is a fact that Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries planted wine grapes on their way up the Baja Peninsula during the creating of “El Camino Real” from 1683 and 1834, making them some of the first wine grapes planted in North America. Today, many of the missions still have the original vines planted.

    It is believed that wine grapes were first planted in the late 1500’s after Hernán Cortés and his soldiers ran out of their wine supply. Casa Madero was founded by Lorenzo García in 1597 in the town of Santa María de las Parras (Holy Mary of the Grapevines) making it the oldest winery in North America. The king of spain decreed that wine production should only be allowed for religious purpose