The grapes were used to make sacramental wines, table wines, and a fortified sweet wine called Angelica.
Early colonists used grapevine cuttings obtained from the missions to establish new vineyards. And so, by the early-mid 1800's, Mission had become the dominant grape in California.
Using DNA techniques, Spanish researchers discovered in 2006 that the Mission grape actually is the same as a varietal called "Palomino Negro" or "Listan Prieto". It is still widely planted in Spain's Canary Islands.
At Mission San Juan Capistrano, Mission vines can be found in the garden, their long canes forming a dense canopy over the trellis.