History of Ruby Hill Winery

 

 
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1883

Original property purchased by John Crellin.

 

 
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1885

Ruby Hill Vineyard was planted (200+ acres).


 

1887

Ruby Hill wine cellar built of bricks.


 

1921

Ruby Hill Property purchased by Ernest Ferrario, an Italian immigrant and Winemaker. Ruby Hill Winery stayed open during prohibition by producing sacramental wines for local churches. Ferrario was rumored to be a bootlegger.


 

1974

Ruby Hill Winery was purchased by the Southern Pacific Railroad. Ruby Hill label was sold.


 
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1975

Property leased by Southern Pacific Railroad to a group intending to produce fine wines. Winery was renamed Stony Ridge.


 

1982

Southern Pacific Railroad sold the property to Computerland to build a campus. Additionally, the Hageman Ranch (200 acres) was purchased. This property was adjacent to the abandoned Stony Ridge.


 

1983

Friends of the Vineyard, a local non-profit, fought with Computerland over the development of the property. They eventually stopped the development from happening!


 

1989

Original vacant Ruby Hill Winery building burned down. Arson is suspected.


 

2002

Mike Callahan purchased 105 acre parcel (West side). The original Ruby Hill Winery, fire damaged and vacant was torn down. Stood for over 115 years.


 

2007

Mike Callahan and Mike Lloyd build new facility on 55 acre parcel. Ruby Hill Winery is reborn, producing wines from the Estate Vineyard.


 
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2008

Ruby Hill Winery opens at new location, 400 Vineyard Avenue!