The South was an early leader in the effort to produce wines in North America. Lord Delaware planted 10,000 European grape-vines on his estate in Virginia as early as 1619. In the late 18th century, Filippo Mazzei, a Tuscan horticulturist and wine merchant, worked with founding father and third U.
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