Caldwell Vineyard winery will have to rethink its visitor growth ideas in the latest dispute over proposed winery tourism expansion in an off-the-beaten-path area.
The Napa County Planning Commission on March 7 heard both from the winery and from concerned neighbors on Kreuzer Lane east of the city of Napa. Commissioners postponed the matter indefinitely as they look for a revised proposal.
“The fact that it’s a small lane in an area with not so many neighbors, but it seems all of them are here with the same concerns – that tells me something,” Commissioner Jeri Hansen said.
Caldwell winery is located at 270 Kreuzer Lane near the Coombsville area. It is allowed to have eight visitors daily and 13 annual marketing events with a total of 270 guests.
The winery wants to increase daily tasting visitation to 60 people and annual marketing events to 19 with a total of 1,040 guests. That would go along with annual production increase from 25,000 gallons to 35,000 gallons.