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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:00 am

With a new county ordinance governing wineries in limbo, more and more winemakers are applying to San Joaquin County to either construct a new winery or expand their existing one.

The San Joaquin County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing Thursday on a request by Panella Enterprises to convert an off-site wine cellar into a winery to be built in three phases during the next 10 years.

The property is along a private road at the north end of DeVries Road, north of Peltier Road.

The first phase calls for constructing a 4,400-square-foot production and barrel storage building, converting a 3,400-square-foot portion of an agricultural building into an indoor eating area, plus a 1,200-square-foot pad to crush winegrapes.

Phase 2 includes a production area, multipurpose winery building, wine-tasting room, conference room, commercial kitchen, covered dock and production building.

The final phase calls for another production building.

Thursday's Planning Commission meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the county Planning-Public Health Auditorium, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.

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