In 1998, the University Library launched a new collecting effort related to Southern California wine history. Cal Poly Pomona is located in an historic winemaking region. Nearby Mission San Gabriel was an active early center for winemaking in California. In the mid-1800s Los Angeles became the first commercial center for California's wine industry. Later the Cucamonga Valley flourished, and more recently the Temecula and Santa Barbara areas have become recognized for their wine production. Although urban development has made an impact, Southern California remains a significant winemaking area in addition to being home to many important wine competitions, organizations and events.
Header image shows the Virginia Dare Winery on "Latimer's Vineyard Bell" grape crate label.