Operating hours will be similar to our existing hours now which are 24/7 for indoor activities. Typical indoor operations are 7:00 am to 7:00 pm for bottling, and office functions. Outdoor activity is limited to the hours of 6 am to 7 pm.
During harvest months, normally September – October, no trucks will be received outside the hours of 7 am-5 pm. The only operations that may occur throughout the evening are running of presses and ordinary wine movements; all under cover and indoors.
We listened to community input from several meetings with neighbors and attendees of our community gathering on November 15, 2018. Many neighbors shared concerns with our plan to change the truck route to utilize Railroad Avenue due to noise, road condition, flooding and other issues. Based on the feedback, we decided to simply maintain our current truck route with trucks entering and exiting on Graton Road.
A preliminary noise study indicates that we will comply with the noise limits set forth in the Sonoma County General Plan, and we do not expect this to change in the final noise study.
We coordinate delivery windows with the vineyard managers and trucking agencies so that trucks do not show up at once. This allows for the trucks to be metered throughout the day. If we have times where the trucking companies do not comply with our delivery time slots, we have security guards on property 24/7. They will open the gates during harvest so that the trucks get off the street and queue on our property until we are ready to process them.
Truck drivers may use the route of their choice. Our traffic study will evaluate the roads and intersections near the site and estimate how many trucks will travel east along Graton Road to reach the site and how many trucks will travel west on Graton Road to reach the site. Traffic studies analyze the impacts caused by traffic increases, but we are reducing our total truck traffic. This reduction, which is unusual, will also be studied in the traffic analysis.
The county is likely to issue a use permit that will require us to obtain new or revised WDRs from the Regional Water Board. The crush pad will be covered under the new use permit and WDRs and we will comply with all conditions attached to these two permits.
To improve the flooding that occurs on Railroad, we will do our part by redirecting the rainwater that hits our warehouse roof and work with the county to try and clean up the culverts along the roadway. We are also exploring the opportunity to capture the rainwater and reuse it in the winery, lowering our well water use.
Just over 100 employees.
Our first shift of bottling and cellar starts at 7am and ends at 3:30 pm. The second shift is bottling only and starts at 3pm and ends at 11:30 pm.
Since our company took over the property in 2003, there have not been any major issues due to our operations. The biggest issue overall was back in late 2005, early 2006 when the Atascadero Creek overflowed into our pond. Since then, in 2011 the top berms of the pond were built 2 feet higher and the bottom lowered 1 foot to increase our overall capacity. A liner was also added. Kennedy/Jenks was our wastewater consultant on that project.
We have security guards on property 24/7. They will open the gates during harvest so that the trucks get off the street and queue on our property until we are ready to process them. We will work with vineyards to ensure the trucks are scheduled to prevent a backup of trucks.
We have done a preliminary noise analysis that looks at ambient noise and the current noise from the site and that estimates future noise levels. Once the noise analysis is complete, we will post the study on our website or anyone can get a copy from Sonoma County’s Permit and Resources Management Department.
In 2011 the top berms of the pond were built 2 feet higher and the bottom lowered 1 foot to increase our overall capacity. A liner was also added. Kennedy/Jenks was our wastewater consultant on that project. We also added a new aerator to our fleet in 2015.
Heritage Systems is our licensed operator. Monthly samples of the pond are taken and reported semi-annually to the RWQB per the Water Board’s requirements.
Yes, we have a Waste Discharger Identification (WDID) number with the State Water Resources Control Board.
Our application does not include any improvements to Atascadero Creek. Since we don’t own the creek, we have no legal access to it and no legal way to improve it.
We are removing part of the industrial equipment storage area and asphalt and creating a buffer between the operations area and the waterway. The buffer will be planted with vegetation selected by a qualified biologist, and maintained as recommended by the biologist.