FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Burbank Was Once Wine Country

By On May 12, 2017

In the early days of Burbank a number of farmers found that the soil in Burbank was good for growing grapes. Many of these early Burbankers began to produce locally made wine from the grapes. At one time the Hillsides of the Verdugo’s were covered in grape arbors.

One immigrant Family from Italy, the Grangetto family, were said to have moved to America specifically to Burbank because they heard that the area was great for producing wine.

Jefferson Elementary School was once the grounds of Gai’s Winery.

Every now and then an old Burbank Wine Bottle shows up on Ebay and they make a great decoration for your home.

Mrs Angela Brusso Crushing Grapes in 1957

The last winery in Burbank was the Brusso Winery. Located on Thornton Street near the Burbank Airport was in business until around 1967. The names of some of the other Burbank wineries are Gai, McClure, Randisi, Grangetto and Brusso.

My Brother in Law was working once on the Azusa city hall remodeling project with his construction company and found several empty bottles of wine from Burbanks Gai’s winery.

Apparently the original workers were fans of Burbank wine!

J Burbank wine came in your normal size bottles and also by the gallon Jug so next time you are on Ebay or at your local swap meet or flea market keep your eyes peeled for those old bottles of Burbanks Finest!

Burbank Historical Society presents

LOST BURBANK
By Michael McDaniel

The places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story.  Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built its original studio lot on Olive Avenue in 1926.  For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands.  Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue.  Join die-hard Burbanker Michael McDaniel share theses and many more fascinating stories about “Lost Burbank”!

When:  Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Where: Cunningham Room of the Gordon R. Howard Museum
Free parking behind George Izay Park
In the lot off Clark Street
(818) 841-6333

Admission:  FREE

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

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  1. Wes Clark

    The truly amazing thing about wine – a product that is thousands of years old – being made in Burbank is the fact that at the very same time a mile or two away the most advanced aircraft in the world was being built. Burbank had the very old and the very new.

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