Introduction of vines and winemaking in the New World

Date or time period: 1500

In the 1500s, Spanish conquistadors planted Vitis vinifera varieties in Mexico and South America; grapes were also planted in Japan around the same time and, in the mid 1600s, vines were planted and wine made by the first Dutch settlers in South Africa, followed by plantings in California. Finally, in the early 1800s, vines were planted in Australia and New Zealand