If you need any proof that the wine business has pulled out of its slump, just look at the new winery projects in Napa Valley. Here are some:
The Del Dotto family, who owns a winery on Atlas Peak Road and one in Rutherford, is building Ca’Nani Winery in the northwest corner of the Yount Hills.
They broke ground for the new winery in March 2012. It has a permit to produce 20,000 cases of wine per year.
The 14-acre site will include a 16,000 square-foot cave area, a two-story, winery building and a guest house replacing two existing residences.
Also, as reported in the Napa Valley Register, Duffy Keys’ B Cellars has bought a hilly 11-acre horse ranch on Oakville Cross Road and will relocate the winery there from the Silver Rose Inn in Calistoga, which is being replaced by a luxury resort.Keys plans to build a 20,000-case winery with caves for barrel storage.
Also, a stalled project to build a custom crush winery in a cave off Soda Canyon Road is under way again.
The Caves at Soda Canyon winery is mostly underground. It contains 18,000 square feet that is already dug, though some finishing work is underway.
Co-owner Tim Blofeld says they expect half the cave to be ready for harvest on Sept. 1.
It will be used initially by Buoncristiani Vineyards, Patland Estate Vineyards, Waug Vineyard and G Cellars.
Two other wineries under construction are Joseph Cellars at the base of Diamond Mountain in Calistoga and Saviez on the Silverado Trail at Larkmead.
Crimson Wine Group spins out of Leucadia
Leucadia National Corporation has spun off Crimson Wine Group.
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Crimson is the parent of Pine Ridge Cellars here as well as Archery Summit in Oregon, Chamisal Vineyards in Edna Valley, Seghesio Family Vineyards in Healdsburg and Double Canyon in Washington.
Crimson President and CEO Erle Martin expects the company to double in size to a half-million cases and about $100 million in sales by 2016.
North Coast Wine Challenge
The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa is creating the North Coast Wine Challenge with wine trade magazine Vineyard & Winery Management, which has run a local competition.
The new wine competition focused exclusively on wines produced in this region will take place May 29-30. Get details at NorthCoastWineChallenge.com.
Seminar in best winery operations planned for March 14-15
The seventh annual seminar in best practices in winery operations will be held March 14-15 at Napa River Inn. Registration is $895, $695 for winery personnel. Details at theseminargroup.net.
Wine Country Hospitality Symposium on March 26
Chef Ken Frank, owner of La Toque, will be the featured speaker at the Napa Valley College Wine Country Hospitality Symposium on Tuesday, March 26, at the Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus at 1088 College Ave. in St. Helena.
The conference will feature panels on destination marketing, social media, eco-tourism and new laws. It includes a continental breakfast, catered lunch by Napa Valley College Cooking School, wine tasting and silent auction.
The cost is $99 until March 15, then $125. Visit becatnvc.com or call 253-3210.
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