(April 9, 1780 - January 17, 1862), also known as Don Luis del Aliso
, was a French-born Californian vintner
and ranchero. He was the one of the first commercial wine makers in California and one of the first men to import and plant European Vitis vinifera
grapes in the state. A skilled cooper by trade and an adventurer and entrepreneur by choice, he arrived in the Sandwich Islands
on July 6, 1827. After losing his business in Honolulu due to Queen Ka'ahumanu's edict banning alcohol production, he sailed to California and landed at Pueblo de Los Angeles
in 1831. In 1850, Vignes was the largest wine producer in California. (Full article...