default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Controversial area winery proposal to be considered

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:47 am, Wed Nov 16, 2011.

The Turner-Davis Road intersection may eventually be a convenient place for people to go winetasting at several locations without going very far, but some people who live in the rural area west of Lodi see it differently.

The location, between the Lodi city limits and Interstate 5, is in a quiet agricultural area, but it could be surrounded by four large wineries near Turner and Davis roads.

The issue may come to a head on Thursday, when the San Joaquin County Planning Commission considers a use permit for Kapiniaris Vineyards to operate another large winery.

What has residents upset is the live music, and especially the amplified volume at nearby winery events, said Fred Donald, who owns a vineyard on Davis Road between Turner and Sargent roads. He lives 800 feet south of the Kapiniaris property.

"We aren't opposed to the winery; it's the events," said Donald, a physical education teacher at Millswood Middle School in Lodi.

Neighbors came in droves to a public hearing on Dec. 16 to expand Abundance Winery on Turner Road, just east of Davis Road, when eight neighbors complained about noisy music at adjacent events.

Representatives of the Lodi Chamber of Commerce and Visit Lodi! told commissioners during the Abundance hearing that the project would add to the region's tourism efforts based on the wine industry.

Commissioners voted 3-0 that night to approve the Abundance project, which increased the number of permissible marketing events from three per year to 30 and allowed up to 120 visitors.

The Kapiniaris application coming before the Planning Commission on Thursday calls for a production capacity of 150,000 gallons per year, 30 marketing events per year and up to 150 people per event. The project would be in four phases over a 15-year period.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the county planning/public health hearing room, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton, southeast of Highway 4 and Wilson Way.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don't pretend you're someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don't insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.

Welcome to the discussion.


Popular Stories



Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists