For many immigrants from Italy, Spain, Germany, and eastern Europe, drinking wine with meals was an important part of daily life. Under Prohibition, people were allowed to produce up to 200 gallons per year for their own use, which allowed them to maintain this essential tradition of the table.
Home winemaking, early 20th century
An Italian immigrant family used this equipment until 1964. Francesco Lia (later changed to Lee) emigrated from the Catanzaro region of Italy around 1902, and worked in the Pennsylvania coal mines before settling in New Jersey.
Wine and equipment gifts of John Lee