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News: 03/15/2016

SVCAC to hear Beltane winery proposal

At its March 23 meeting, the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission (SVCAC) will review a proposal by Beltane Ranch in Glen Ellen for a use permit that would allow an up-to-15,000-case winery on-site, agricultural tours and tasting by appointment, up to 20 seasonal agricultural-themed events per year, and participation in countywide events.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m., and will be held in the community room of the Sonoma Police Department, 177 First St. West, Sonoma.

Beltane is currently licensed as a bonded winery, and processes a portion of the grapes off-site, with wine storage, shipping and business offices on the ranch.

The entire property consists of 105 acres, and its uses include 25 acres of vineyards (Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel), olive orchards, produce gardens, grazing pastures, family residences, and a bed and breakfast with a five-room main house and a separate cottage.

The project would not include any new construction or the removal of trees, pastures, or orchards. Winemaking would occur in an existing barn and on an existing concrete pad.

The SVCAC is an advisory panel that reviews development projects in Sonoma Valley and makes recommendations to the appropriate Sonoma County or City of Sonoma planning officials.

For more information, contact Pat Gilardi, District Director to Supervisor Susan Gorin, at

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