San Joaquin County Planning Commission approves winery expansion
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An earlier version of this story contained some incorrect information.
There is no cafe planned on the property. Instead, special event dining is planned for a vintage barn and nearby patio. Caterers will stage and prep food in a new commercial kitchen, but no initial cooking per se is planned for the site.
Food will be served at special events such as weddings and fundraisers.
Owner Dan Panella and winery director Mike Shinn plan to make the property a destination winetasting location.
To that end, more than $300,000 was spent to upgrade the barn, which dates to 1864. That work included a sprinkler system, making the structure compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as seismic improvements. Contrary to the earlier story, the seismic safety of the barn was never questioned by the San Joaquin Farm Bureau. The Farm Bureau supports the winery’s growth with the current limit of 20 total events per year.
A few neighbors have concerns about the expansion, but several neighbors are enthusiastic in their support, Shinn said.
The winemaking business and tasting room opened in 2009, Shinn said.
The winery is owned by Panella, managing partner of Oak Farm Vineyards, part of Panella Enterprises.
The News-Sentinel regrets the errors.
- Oak Farm Vineyards’ plans at a glance
Location: On a private road at the north end of DeVries Road, a half-mile north of Peltier Road, northwest of Lodi.
Acreage: Entire parcel is almost 31 acres; the winery will take up 5 acres.
Owner: Panella Enterprises.
Phase 1: 4,400-square-foot production and barrel storage building; conversion of a 3,400-square-foot portion of a barn into an indoor eating area; 1,200-square-foot winegrape crush pad.
Phase 2: 2,000-square-foot production area, 2,000-square-foot multipurpose winery building; 2,000-square-foot wine-tasting room; 850-square-foot conference room; 600-square-foot commercial kitchen, 800-square-foot covered dock; 4,000-square-foot production building.
Phase 3: 4,000-square-foot production building.
— Source: San Joaquin County
Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 1:39 pm, Tue Feb 26, 2013.
Despite some strongly worded protests by three neighbors, Oak Farm Vineyards got the green light to expand its winery on a private portion of DeVries Road.
The San Joaquin County Planning Commission voted 4-1 Thursday night to allow Oak Farm Vineyards to expand its use. Commissioner Larry Hamilton, who represents the Lodi area on the Planning Commission, cast the lone dissenting vote.
Friday, February 22, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 1:39 pm.