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Lake County is a county located in the north central portion of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 64,665.[4] The county seat is Lakeport.[5] The county takes its name from Clear Lake, the dominant geographic feature in thecounty and the largest natural lake wholly within California (Lake Tahoe is partially in Nevada; Salton Sea was accidentally flooded).

Lake County forms the Clearlake, CA Micropolitan Statistical Area.[6] It is directly north of the San Francisco Bay Area.


Lake County was formed in 1861 from parts of Napa and Mendocino counties, but the area had European-American settlers from at least the 1840s. Lake County has long been known as a farming community.

The 1911 California Blue Book lists the major crops as Bartlett pears and beans. Other crops include grain, alfalfa, hay, prunes, peaches, apples, grapes, and walnuts. Stockraising included goats, hogs, turkeys and dairying.[7]

Some vineyards were planted in the 1870s by European Americans, but the first in the state were established in the 18th century by Spanish missionaries. By the early 20th century, the area was earning a reputation for producing some of the world’s greatest wines. However, in 1920, national Prohibition essentially ended Lake County’s wine production. With authorized cultivation limited to sacramental purposes, most of the vineyards were ripped out and replanted with walnut and pear farms.

A re-emergence of the wine industry began in the 1960s when a few growers rediscovered the area’s grape growing potential and began planting vineyards. The area has increased vineyards from fewer than 100 acres (0.4 km2) of grapevines in 1965 to more than 8,800 acres (36 km2) of vineyards today. Since the late 20th century, several American Viticultural Areas, such as High Valley AVA and Red Hills Lake County AVA, have been recognized as having a distinct character. Many of the vineyards in Lake County today support sustainable farming practices.