The outdoor structure at St. Jorge Winery on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Vern Vierra calls the structure a wine garden; San Joaquin County calls it an amphitheater.
Vern Vierra stands under an outdoor structure at St. Jorge Winery on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. San Joaquin County supervisors have ordered him to remove what they call an amphitheater.
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, September 11, 2013 12:00 am
On Tuesday, San Joaquin County’s Board of Supervisors instructed the Community Development Department to devise a 12-month moratorium on certain marketing events, and in the meantime begin revising the county’s current winery ordinance.
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 6, 2013 12:00 am
Local artists, chefs and vintners will take center stage on morning news programs starting this weekend to promote the area and the Lodi Wine Stroll taking place on April 13.
Friday, April 5, 2013 12:00 am
Decades may have passed since the Electric Slide was in vogue, but electric cars are now sliding into charging stations all around Lodi.
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.
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.
Thursday, June 14, 2012 12:00 am
Recently, a bus of 53 people (Rotary Club) from Reno, Nev., visited our St. Jorge Winery. This was arranged through Nancy Beckman of Visit Lodi!
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.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 4:33 pm
Stating that its vote must be based on the current winery ordinance — and not possible revisions — the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to allow Kapiniaris Vineyards to construct a winery on Davis Road, just south of Turner Road.
Vern Vierra, owner of St. Jorge Winery, talks about his
sub-floor barrel room and how it stays at a cool 50.9 degrees,
saving him money and energy.
The sub-floor barrel room at St. Jorge Winery stays at a cool
50.9 degrees, saving owner Vern Vierra money and energy.
Friday, February 10, 2012 12:00 am
St. Jorge Winery, nestled between sprawling rows of vineyards
and languishing trees, is offering something no one else within 60
miles of Lodi can — an electric car charging station.
Friday, November 18, 2011 12:00 am
San Joaquin County planning commissioners voted 3-1 on Thursday
to allow Kapiniaris Vineyards to install a large winery during a
15-year period on Davis Road.
The Lodi Rotary Club inducted five new members on Oct. 27, 2011.
They are, from left: Vern Vierra, Jay Patel, Anthony Holder, Joanne
McReynolds and Sherry Cotta.
Thursday, September 8, 2011 12:52 pm
Vern Vierra doesn’t usually attend the Grape Festival. For
years, the owner and winemaker at St. Jorge Winery felt the event
was too focused on savoring wine and neglected the agriculture and
science behind it. When he discussed his feelings with Grape
Festival general manager Mark Armstrong in mid-June, he had no idea
it would lead to him overseeing a winemaking display at this year’s
Friday, January 4, 2008 10:00 pm
Jacquelyn Vierra has excelled in art all her life.
Friday, May 25, 2007 10:00 pm
A foursome of Lodi High golfers were recently honored with the
2nd Annual Logan Joseph Vierra Memorial Scholarships during Senior
Awards Night at Lodi High School.
Thursday, May 18, 2006 10:00 pm
Lodi High golfers Amit Odaiyar and Chelsea Vilinskas became the
first recipients of the Logan Joseph Vierra Memorial Scholarship on
Thursday during Senior Awards Night at Lodi High School.