Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:00 am
Vern Vierra walks through his sprawling $50,000 structure, complete with rows of poles, short metal braces laid overhead and grape vines spiraling around the beams. When Vern and his wife Jenise Vierra, owners of St. Jorge Winery in Acampo, started construction 18 months ago, they envisioned an outdoor wine garden resembling an amphitheater, with a trellis, free of a roof or walls.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:00 am
San Joaquin County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to deny several building permits for St. Jorge Winery in Acampo, forcing the owners to tear down an extravagant amphitheater.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:00 am
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors will wait 60 days to either approve or reject an application that would allow a small Acampo winery to hold additional marketing events.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:00 am
Opponents and supporters of a small Acampo winery hoping to expand in order to hold more marketing events will speak in front of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors during a meeting in Stockton this afternoon.
Saturday, April 13, 2013 12:00 am
Larry Lawrence stands on the main patio at Viaggio Winery, picking through a ring of keys to open a locked wooden door. It leads to the room where he and his wife, Terri Lawrence, had hoped to open a little sandwich counter to serve visitors to Viaggio, a dramatic estate on the Mokelumne River.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 6:03 am
While the owners of St. Jorge Winery hope to peacefully coexist with their rural neighbors in western Acampo, the neighbors don’t trust winery owners Vern and Jenise Vierra.
Judy and Romano Isola, who live on Taddei Road, say they have lost the peace and quiet of their rural neighborhood as St. Jorge owners Vernon and Jenise Vierra have expanded their winery without a permit from San Joaquin County.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:00 am
The owners of St. Jorge Winery suddenly withdrew their controversial application to expand activities on their property on Tuesday, just before the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors was to consider whether they should be allowed to proceed.
Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:00 am
The following is a list of public meetings in the Lodi and Galt areas this week:
Friday, September 21, 2012 12:00 am
Before a packed house of more than 50 people, the San Joaquin County Planning Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to allow St. Jorge Winery to have more public events and add buildings.
Saturday, May 19, 2012 12:00 am
Below is a sampling of letters received by San Joaquin County staff both in support of and opposing a proposed winery ordinance amendment that would place a moratorium on new winery events.