Southern Vineyards: The Economic Significance of the Wine Industry in the Development of Los Angeles, 1831-1870, by Cleve E. Kindall

"These were the economic conditions that Jean Vignes faced during his early days in Los Angeles. His experience and background turned him away from any connection with the city’s only major business, cattle, and led him towards the vine. He was able to recognize the shortcomings of the local vineyards, and, at the same time, realize the possibilities that the area represented. The soil and climate, he knew, could support an industry and produce wines comparable to Europe’s best. He is quoted as declaring that the area was 'just the place to grow them [oranges and grape vines] to perfection.'"

El Aliso, The Sainsevain Winery, by Harris Newmark

"Jean Louis Vignes came to Los Angeles in 1829, and set out the Aliso Vineyard of one hundred and four acres which derived its name, as did the street, from a previous and incorrect application of the Castilian aliso, meaning alder, to the sycamore tree, a big specimen of which stood on the place. This tree, possibly a couple of hundred years old, long shaded Vignes' wine-cellars, and was finally cut down a few years ago to make room for the Philadelphia Brew House."

Le Terroir, Cultivation and Wine Production in California, by Getty Images and the Library of Congress

"A carload of grapes from California, Postcard shows montage of farm workers in a vineyard standing inside a horse-drawn cart as a rail car marked 'S.P.R.R. 81424' rolls past carrying a gigantic bunch of grapes."

Historical import of the orange industry in southern California, by Jessie Edna Boyd, 1922

"The wealth of this state was better known after the discovery of gold by James W. Marshall, January 1848. The gold rush quickly populated California and held the undivided interest in mining for several years to follow. It was not until the diggings became poor that attention was turned to agriculture and the mass of… Continue reading Historical import of the orange industry in southern California, by Jessie Edna Boyd, 1922