In addition to wineries with spectral presences, there are wineries that are not necessarily haunted but referred to as "ghost wineries." The term is used to describe old, pre-Prohibition cellars, many of which existed between 1860 and 1900. When Prohibition began in 1919, there were 713 wineries in business. After repeal of Prohibition 14 years later, there were only 40 wineries left. Some were abandoned and completely disappeared; others remain as stone wall remnants of the past. Summit Ranch on Spring Mountain in Napa Valley is a roofless skeleton of a three-story stone winery built in 1890. Sometime between 1913 and 1928, the winery was destroyed by fire from unknown causes. Now a piece of history within the 170-acre property of Pride Mountain Vineyards, this ghost winery is a reminder of the rich history of 19th Century winemaking. There are many winery ruins like Pride's Summit Ranch around California. They give an added dimension to the pioneer spirit and history of California wine.
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