A little over a month ago, I wrote post, How many Napa Valley wineries are there are and how many is enough? and thought this would be any interesting addition.
Of the 467 wineries per Napa County’s count, there are a large variety of parcels sizes. When driving up Highway 29, I am sure many think all the wineries here in Napa Valley look like the idyllic scene viewed from your car. But in fact, the reality is quite different.
Currently there are 49 wineries on parcels of less than 10 acres, the current minimum lot size in order to build a winery. These were approved before the 1990 Winery Definition Ordinance. 91 wineries are on properties between 10 to 20 acres, 104 between 20 to 40 acres and 151 on parcels greater than 40 acres. Another 50 or so are within the various city limits here in the Napa Valley.
The reason this issue is so much in the news, Napa County is currently looking into changing their Winery Definition Ordinance. They have empaneled a 17 person Agricultural Committee to do just that. My two cents, they will increase the minimal parcel size to 40 acres for a winery to be built, and fine tune other aspects. For a more about this, see Berry Eberling’s article in the Napa Valley Register.