Who is known as the father of Zinfandel?
A. Count Agoston Haraszathy, a Hungarian Nobleman, came to the United States in 1840 and settled in San Diego. There he studied the Mission grape that appeared to be indigenous to the area and was later surprised to discover its European origin. He began to preach that good wine can only be made from good grapes and began to import noble vines from Europe. In 1852 he received a shipment of six choice rooted vines and 160 cuttings from Hungary. In the shipment were two small bundles, one was the Muscat of Alexandria and the other was said to be the famous mystery grape, the Zinfandel. Haraszathy met General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, the leading vintner in Sonoma Valley in 1857. He soon there-after bought the Vineyard Farm planted in 1834 by Salvadore Vallejo and began transporting cuttings to Sonoma. Among the first vines transplanted was the Zinfandel. After buying more land in the valley, he built one of the finest houses in the area, naming his new domain Buena Vista. By the end of