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Date of Award


Document Type

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in History



First Reader/Committee Chair

Johnson, Diana


This research seeks to examine labor practices through the historical development of Temecula California's viticulture region.Temecula has developed a viticulture area that spans over thirty-three thousand acres with roughly forty established wineries. Further, Temecula is a significant wine making region that produces over five hundred thousand cases annually. Prior to Temecula's viticulture industry, several regions developed that stand to contextualize the presence and historical operations of Temecula's industry. California's Inland Empire and Napa region have various developmental similarities and differences to Temecula, highlighting historical patterns in Temecula's viticulture industry. While these other viticulture regions have received academic attention, Temecula's industry lacks a significant body of historical analysis. This thesis aims to narrow a historical focus on the local history of Temecula's viticulture industry. Through an exploration of historical contextualization and comparison, this narrative explores the agriculture labor systems that Temecula's viticulture industry has developed. Ultimately this research reveals that the Temecula Valley viticulture industry has relied heavily on the labor of both permanent and migrant laborers to develop, harvest, and maintain the land where wine grapes are grown.