Napa County creating special blend of regulations for small wineries

As Napa County moves into place this year new standards for how the wine business operates locally, officials are hearing from vintners and grape growers about the how the bar for compliance seems to be getting too high to clear for small-scale operations to remain going concerns.

Moving on direction from the Board of Supervisors in the past few years to lessen the regulatory burden on smaller wineries, many of which are family-owned and -operated, county staff late last week was set to roll out the first draft of a such a policy on small winery permits, what would be considered major and minor use modifications, and whether restrictions on wineries operating in the business parks around Napa County Airport would be adjusted.

The goal is to have the policy back before the supervisors for consideration by November, according to planning Director David Morrison.

While the details of the draft policy weren’t clear by press time, some of Napa County’s small-scale wine producers say the help that’s been discussed recently leaves them out.

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