Pre-Prohibition wineries are few and far between, since almost all were forced to close when the sale of alcohol was banned for 13 years beginning in 1920.
Since the repeal of Prohibition, a vast majority of wineries built in California have been new projects—vines planted and winery buildings constructed where none had existed before.
But a handful of historic wineries remain—estates that were brought back to life once winemaking became legal again.
One such winery is Ogulin Estate, situated in Lake County, California, in the appellation now known as High Valley. It dates all the way back to the 1870s.
According to a media release by Paul Wagner of Balzac Communications, Harold Ogulin is “a third generation descendant of original Lake County pioneers.” On the Ogulin Estate, 18 acres presently are under vine.
Now, Harold and Grace Ogulin have decided to retire, and have sold 100 acres of their estate to a winery that’s very familiar to members of the wine clubs of Vinesse: Shannon Ridge.
Plans call for an additional 62 acres of vines to be planted, the mix to include Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Chardonnay. The planting project will unfold next year.
The Shannon Ridge portfolio includes a “Single Vineyard Collection” and a “High Elevation Collection,” and it’s easy to envision the grapes from the Ogulin Estate contributing to both of those lines.
As for the Ogulins’ retirement plans, it’s nice to know that they’ll still be around. According to the media release, they will have “a life estate on the property.”