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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Long-rumored Hemet 'Haunted Hill House' property turns into an award-winning vineyard and winery


Last updated 8/14/2019 at 2:32pm

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The rolling hills and orchards are seen above the 10 acres of wine grapes now grown at the Tranquil Heart Vineyard and Winery at 42191 Little Lake Street in Valle Vista. The vineyard is surrounded by roses and other landscaping.

There was a time in Hemet where an old house on a hill off Lake Street was rumored to be haunted or was it once an insane asylum? Bill Shinkle, whose family owned a well-respected wholesale nursery in the city, said that even as a 15-year-old teenager he never believed those rumors.

Instead, Shinkle dreamed he would someday become the owner of the 10-acre property and the old house on the hill at 42191 Little Lake Road, haunted or not.

Shinkle's opportunity to buy the place finally came in 2009, and over the past 10 years he has transformed the once rumored haunted house and its grounds i...

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