Lake County, California
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Lake County was formed in 1861 from parts of Napa and Mendocino
counties. Lake County has long been known as a farming community.
Vineyards were planted in the 1870s; by the early 1900ís the area was
earning a reputation for producing some of the world's greatest wines.
However, in 1920 Prohibition forced an end to Lake County wine
production. Most of the vineyards were ripped out and replanted with
walnut and pear farms. Re-emergence of the wine industry began in the
1960s when a few growers rediscovered the area's grape growing potential
and began planting vineyards. The area went from less than 100 acres of
grapevines in 1965 to over 8,800 acres of vineyards today, and has seen
the recent establishment of several American Viticulture Areas such as
High Valley AVA and Red Hills Lake County AVA.
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