Napa County planners will see an encore of the controversial case involving The Caves at Soda Canyon winery in the eastern hills above the Napa Valley.

The Planning Commission in May 2015 refused to recognize a fourth cave portal leading to an outdoor patio with an impressive Napa Valley view, all created without county permission. The Commission didn’t want to grant retroactive forgiveness for these and other violations.

The Caves at Soda Canyon has since built a wall to block off access to the fourth portal and converted the patio into a private patio with no public or employee access. The winery passed county inspections in May and June 2016 and is complying with its use permit, a county report said.

On Wednesday, the Planning Commission will decide if The Caves at Soda Canyon should be able to move forward with various expansions. Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. at the county administration building 1195 Third St. in downtown Napa.

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The winery is asking to reopen the fourth cave portal to the patio terrace, to use the terrace for tastings, to increase production from 30,000 gallons annually to 60,000 gallons annually and modify its hours, among other things. County staff recommends approval.

The Caves at Soda Canyon is located on 42 acres at 2275 Soda Canyon Road.

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Napa County Reporter

Barry Eberling covers Napa County government, transportation, the environment and general assignments. He was worked for the Napa Valley Register since fall 2014 and previously worked 27 years for the Daily Republic of Fairfield. He is a graduate of UC Sa