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“…to teach them the art of cultivating vines, and making wine.” May 27, 1773


Andrew Estave was finally ready for his three apprentices almost four years after the General Assembly approved his funding.  This left two years for him to provide their instruction.

From Virginia Gazette, Purdie and Dixon, May 27, 1773, Page 2

The trustees appointed by an act of Assembly, for encouraging the making WINE in this colony, give notice that they, according to the directions of the said act, are ready to receive THREE POOR BOYS, to be bound apprentices to Andrew Estave, who is to teach them the art of cultivating vines, and making wine.

  1. October 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I LOVE your blog. Thanks for the great writing–and the wine history lessons, too!

  2. October 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you very much! I must admit that I get just as much enjoyment out of the historical nature of wine as I do drinking a good glass. It looks like you have succesfully woven both aspects into your life. Best, Aaron.

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