Ben Lomond Grape Growing History
The Effect of Prohibition on Ben Lomond Wine Production
During the 1860s, Ben Lomond Wine Company was the mountainous region’s largest producer. Owner William Coope was the heart and soul of the local wine industry. Unfortunately, Prohibition ended the first golden age of wine throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Unfortunately, Pierces Disease destroyed many of the vines in Ben Lomond during the late 1980s and early 1990s. McHenry Vineyards was hit particularly hard, and they no longer have a winery in the AVA. Although McHenry no longer has a winery in the AVA, they still farm several acres of vines there.
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