1933 - Prohibition ends with a reduction in the number of wineries
Only 160 of California’s 700 wineries were still in operation when Prohibition was finally ended. In Sonoma County, only 50 wineries are still operating. The depressing circumstances persisted into the late 1960s. Low grape prices ($112 per acerage ton in Sonoma County in 1867) and less than 25 wineries remained in Sonoma at the time. Then, a sudden, almost overnight transformation occurred. The county experienced a dramatic rebound of vineyard production between 1968 and 1975, and wineries both young and old started an effort to reclaim Sonoma.