American Vine Dresser's Guide
John James Dufour
Purdue University Press
The American Vine-Dresser's Guide, by Jean Jacques (John James) Dufour is a treatise on growing grapes in America, specifically the eastern half of the country. This early work, first published in 1826, is an amazingly thorough text on grape growing and wine making. Dufour's keen sense of observation gave him an understanding of grape growing comparable to many "experts" of today, without the benefit of the modern sciences of biology, plant physiology, plant pathology, soil fertility, and so on. Despite the fact that the book was written nearly 200 years ago, many of the practices recommended are still applicable in the modern vineyard; and Dufour's detailed recommendations on vineyard management show the reader that very little has changed in grape growing technology over the past two centuries. Many topics are covered in detail that would be appropriate for today’s growers along with text notes and 16 pages of color photos.
Jean-Jacques (John James) Dufour was born on February 14, 1763 at Sales/Châtelard, district of Vevey, in the parish of Montreux, by the Lake of Geneva, Switzerland. Ever since his early days, he dreamed of bringing the art of vinegrowing to America . It was only when he reaches the age of 33 that he was able to make his youthful wish come true.