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San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Almadén Vineyards

 
 
State Historic Landmark 505 image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, June 7, 2007
1. State Historic Landmark 505
Inscription. On this site in 1852 Charles LeFranc made the first commercial planting of fine European wine grapes in Santa Clara County and founded Almadén Vineyards. LeFranc imported cuttings from vines in the celebrated wine districts of his native France, shipping them around the Horn by sail.
 
Erected 1953 by California State Parks Commission. (Marker Number 505.)
 
Location. 37° 14.346′ N, 121° 53.682′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is at the intersection of Blossom Hill Road and Dartmouth Dr. (County Route G-10) on Blossom Hill Road. Touch for map. Plaque is located on the soundwall, on the southeast side of the intersection of Blossom Hill Rd & Dartmouth Dr. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1530 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose CA 95118, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776 (approx. 0.4 miles away); El Senador Mine (approx. 2 miles away); El Senator Mine (approx. 2 miles away); Goodrich Quarry (approx. 2.7 miles away); Hamilton House (approx. 3.6 miles away);
Alamaden Vineyard original Winery Building image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, June 7, 2007
2. Alamaden Vineyard original Winery Building
All that remains of the original winery is this brick building which housed the original wine making and storage rooms. It is now part of Almaden Park.
South Pacific Coast Railroad (approx. 4.2 miles away); Black Walnut Trees (approx. 4.2 miles away); Agricultural Heritage Plaques (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
Additional keywords. California verticulture, California Wineries
 
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Old Wine Press image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, June 7, 2007
3. Old Wine Press
This hand operated wine press, once used at the winery is now the centerpiece of the park's rose garden.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 1,548 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 19, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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