Sonoma Ruins

I have had a problem with not being able to travel to the places I’d like to because I have, what’s it called? Oh, no money. So I’ve been making due with a 60 mile radius which has been fine for a few months but all that scenery starts to dry up and tedium sets in when trying to discover a new subject. Living in Sonoma County means no shortage of beautiful scenery, but I don’t feel like shooting the same beautiful hills to grab the sunset. So it’s more my problem than there being a lack of worthwhile landscapes. I tried to break the mood up with photoshop trickery. For instance:
Hey, look! I made it look like a painting. But alas, aside from clashing with my oeuvre, it still reminds me of at least two other published shots of mine. So, while I was driving around looking for something, already resigned to not finding anything, I saw an old, partially collapsed building hidden behind some trees and tall grass. After navigating along a fence with several signs saying something about trespassing, I found an opening that revealed a way into the structure. It was an abandoned winery, graffitied to hell and strong gust away from crushing anyone within it. This was gold to me . It looked like some abandoned civilization who discovered colorful, long-lasting pigments and was wiped out by a massive earthquake. This is the main hall but there are two other buildings with amazing visual interest, (one of which is currently the site background). I can’t find any history of this place. It’s known to a few others on flickr, but it appears that why it’s abandoned, wrecked and left for adventurous folks to illicitly wander it is known to a select and quiet few.
If anyone knows, please leave a comment.  Here’s the link to it on Google Maps.

2 responses

  1. Mr Miller Kansas

    Mr Long, I wonder if this isn’t the original winery built by Agoston Haraszthy de Mokcsa sometime after he had settled in San Diego in 1849. In San Diego he planted several importations, possibly including the Zinfandel believed to be of Hungarian origin, but never definitely identified. Later this pioneer moved further north , settling at last on Sonoma.

    August 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM

  2. Mr Miller Kansas

    I didn’t mean to imply that this particular winery was built in San Diego. I am stating that maybe this winery pictured was built by Mr Haraszthy after he moved to Sonoma in perhaps the later 1850s.

    August 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

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