While you may not think of Southern California as a vibrant grape growing region, Zinfandel roots run deep in this arid landscape. The history of grape growing in California began in Southern California and for a time, Zinfandel was one of the most planted varietals in the region. Pockets of Zinfandel vineyards still thrive in the Cucamonga area in Riverside County. And, the is home to over 30 wineries offering award-winning wines. Check out this “survival of the fittest” story for yourself.