Honig

Two winery projects get county approvals

Honig will double production to 300,000 gallons annually
2013-06-09T18:50:00Z 2013-06-09T18:58:47Z Two winery projects get county approvalsPETER JENSEN Napa Valley Register
June 09, 2013 6:50 pm  • 

Honig Vineyard and Winery in Rutherford will double its production to 300,000 gallons of wine annually, and a winery near Calistoga that was initially approved 10 years ago looks to finally break ground.

The Napa County Planning Commission unanimously approved both projects during its meeting last week.

Honig’s expanded production will entail building a new 10,080-square-foot building for barrel storage, with almost 3,700 square feet of uncovered work space. Honig will be installing six storage tanks and increasing its employees from 12 to 30 people, according to the Planning Commission.

The winery will have to install a left-turn lane on Highway 128 but will share the costs of it through an agreement with neighboring Round Pond Estate.

The grapes for Honig’s 150,000-gallon expansion are locally sourced, ensuring that the company is complying with the winery definition ordinance’s 75 percent rule for Napa County grapes, said Ronald Gee of the Napa County Planning Division.

The commissioners debated how to time issuing Honig a certificate of temporary occupancy for the barrel room, which allows the company to use its new space while the permit for the left-turn lane is being processed by Caltrans.

That permit process could take some time. Not being able to use the new space means Honig would have to move production off-site, which would increase traffic, said Jeffrey Redding, a consultant working on the project.

The commission ultimately voted to approve the temporary certificate of occupancy, but put a one-year limit on its life span. The issue would return to the commission if planning staff and the applicant can’t resolve it after a year.

“I think there’s some trust that’s been built up here with this applicant,” Commissioner Matt Pope said of Honig and the expectation that the winery would follow through on its pledge to install the turn lane.

The Coquerel family also received approval to construct a winery on a 19.73-acre site at Highway 128 and Tubbs Lane. The use permit for the 75,000-gallon winery was approved in 2003 when the property was owned by the Prager family, but it was never built. The Coquerels purchased the site in 2005.

The Coquerels got the green light to demolish an existing 7,000-square-foot barn on the rear of their property and replace it with an 11,000-square-foot winery. The winery will be built in two phases: 5,468 square feet first, and 5,913 square feet after that, according to the Planning Commission.

They are using the same architect who designed the Napa Valley Vintners’ headquarters in St. Helena, Naomi Miroglio of Architectural Resources Group Inc.

“They had fallen in love with the Vintners’ building,” said Katherine Philippakis, a consultant working on the project.

The project will have an outdoor tasting space in an olive grove next to the winery building, with a view of Mount St. Helena.

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