“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rancho Cucamonga in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Cucamonga Winery

Cucamonga Winery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Beeman, May 28, 2006
1. Cucamonga Winery Marker
Inscription. Established by Tiburcio Tapia, to whom the Cucamonga Rancho was granted March 3, 1839 by Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado of Mexico.
Erected 1950 by the Ontario Parlor No 251 Native Daughters of the Golden West, Los Ranchos Parlor No. 283 Native Sons of the Golden West. (Marker Number 490.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West, and the U.S. Route 66 marker series.
Location. 34° 6.401′ N, 117° 36.642′ W. Marker is in Rancho Cucamonga, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard (Route 66) and Vineyard Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Foothill Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8916 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tapia Adobe Site (a few steps from this marker); Red Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Pavement (approx. half a mile away); Bear Gulch (approx. ¾ mile away); Cucamonga Service Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Madonna of the Trail
From Parking Lot image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Beeman, May 28, 2006
2. From Parking Lot
(approx. 2.3 miles away); George Chaffey, Jr. (approx. 2.4 miles away); Olive Mill (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rancho Cucamonga.
Regarding Cucamonga Winery. (Text on the sign in Photo No. 3)
The Thomas Winery . . . More than a century of service.

This was California's oldest commercial winery. The winery's two 1400 gallon oak aging casks were not "coopered" locally, but were carried "around the Horn" on a clipper ship!

Missionaries brought grape vines to Mexico and California in the late 1700s to provide sacramental wines. In fact, the Mission San Gabriel vineyard provided the Black Mission Grape cuttings used by Tapia to establish his Mother Vineyard in 1839: twelve rows each with forty-seven plants. Six years later, his 13,000-acre property contained more than 3400 vines.

Thomas Vineyard's grape wines were complemented by a wide variety of other fruit base wines including cherry, red currant, raspberry, blackberry, loganberry, apple (hard cider) and apricot. At its peak, the winery's extensive offerings were enjoyed both by local residents and Route 66 travelers.
Also see . . .
Interpretative Sign image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Beeman, May 28, 2006
3. Interpretative Sign

1. About the Thomas Winery. Tubercio Tapia's original winery is now known as the Thomas Winery. (Submitted on May 29, 2006.) 

2. History of Rancho Cucamonga. Tubercio Tapia, soldier, smuggler, and politician, is mentioned in this history. (Submitted on May 29, 2006.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2006, by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California. This page has been viewed 3,472 times since then. Last updated on July 9, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2006, by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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