Since 1996 the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has conducted extensive research into both the history of the bracero program and the history of winemaking in 20th-century America, collecting objects and archival materials and conducting interviews with winemakers across California and in other regions of the country. What has kept this project relevant is our awareness that wine history connects to many stories and experiences in American history: immigration and migration, business and entrepreneurship, economic and labor history, innovation and technology, and the California food revolution. The Latino families participating in this project have shared their expertise and stories with us, and while doing so have welcomed us into their communities and homes.
In recognition of their extraordinary winemaking contributions to American wine history, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History invites members of five of California’s leading Latino winemaking families to join us for the 2017 Winemakers’ Dinner. On May 16 they will share their wines, their stories, and their pride in the deep family roots that have grown their businesses and their winemaking legacies.
Participants for the 2017 Winemakers Dinner:
Gustavo Brambila, Owner & winemaker, Gustavo Wine
Amelia Morán Ceja, President & Owner, Ceja Vineyards
Rolando Herrera, Proprietor & Winemaker, Mi Sueño Winery
Hugo Maldonado, Owner & Winemaker, Maldonado Vineyards
Lazaro Robledo, Tasting Room Manager, Robledo Family Winery
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