When the former Vino Con Brio winery reopens next spring east of Lodi as Mettler Family Vineyards, the winery will have a new look.
Owners Mike and Renae Matson retired recently and sold their winery to Larry and Charlene Mettler. The Mettlers plan to improve the tasting room and gardens for next spring’s opening.
“Our family has had its own wine brand for 12 years, but it’s our first attempt at retail sales,” said Larry Mettler, who will operate the winery with his wife on Harney Lane, just west of Alpine Road.
The improvements are part of a four-phase plan that will take 15 years. The San Joaquin County Planning Commission routinely approved the plans at its Thursday night meeting.
The four phases for the 8.66-acre property are:
- Reconditioning an existing 800-square-foot patio cover, building a 3,000-square-foot crushing pad, and a 516-square-foot tasting room expansion.
- A 20,000-square-foot processing and storage building within five years.
- A 20,000-square-foot barrel storage building within 10 years.
- Another 20,000-square-foot barrel storage building, this one within 15 years.
The use permit approved by the Planning Commission on Thursday allows for Vino Con Brio’s bed-and-breakfast inn to remain in operation under the Mettlers. The permit also allows for 37 marketing events per year with a maximum attendance of 150 people.
The Mettlers’ desire to expand the winery is an indication of Lodi-area wineries’ continued success in attracting weddings and other events like the First Sip and Wine & Chocolate Weekend, Denise Warmerdam, legislative assistant to Supervisor Ken Vogel, said earlier this week.
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