FAQ

What will the anticipated operating hours be in non-Harvest months?

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.

What specific operations will be active indoor and outdoor during the Harvest months 24/7 operations?

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.

The November 15, 2018 community gathering site plan showed a new truck route utilizing Railroad Avenue with a new entrance to the site off Railroad Avenue. Why did the plan change to continue the current traffic patterns with trucks entering off Graton Road?

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.

What is the projected noise at the property lines during 24/7 Harvest operations of the four neighbors on Railroad Avenue, Grey Street, Bowen Street and 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.

How will Purple Wine + Spirits ensure trucks are not backing up on Graton Road during Harvest months?

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.

What roadways through Graton will be the required truck route for all trucks coming to the site?

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.

How will adding a grape crush pad impact your ability to comply with your permit from the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) including sending wastewater to the Graton sewer if necessary to maintain two feet of freeboard in the pond?

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.

When it rains heavily, it can flood Railroad Avenue and impact the creek. What will your proposal be doing to improve that situation?

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.

How many people currently work at Purple Wine + Spirits in Graton?

Just over 100 employees.

What are the arrival times and departure times of the various employee shifts?

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.

This site has had problems with its wastewater pond capacity in the past. How can Purple Wine + Spirits guarantee that this proposal will remain well under the capacity limits of your wastewater pond and system?

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.

What is the plan to manage truck traffic if trucks are backing up on Graton Road either due to timing or equipment failure?

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.

Has Purple Wine + Spirits done any sound study of its daytime and nighttime operations at the property line and at neighbor’s property lines? If so, will they share these results with the public?

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.

Since Purple Wine + Spirits purchased the property, what improvements have been made to the wastewater system?

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.

Does Purple Wine + Spirits have an Operation and Maintenance Plan for the wastewater discharge management?

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.

Does Purple Wine + Spirits have a storm water permit?

Yes, we have a Waste Discharger Identification (WDID) number with the State Water Resources Control Board.

Does this project include improvements to Atascadero Creek?

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.

What specifically will be done to improve the riparian area at the southern part of the site?

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.

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