Benjamin Ranch Winery, Use Permit Application No. P13-00371-UP
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Request for a Use Permit to establish a winery with development on 12.8 acres of an approximately 85.1-acre project site. The winery would produce up to 475,000 gallons of wine per year in approximately 87,292 square feet of building area that would house business/administrative functions, a commercial kitchen, and rooms for conducting winery tours and tastings, in addition to barrel storage and wine production functions. The proposed winery would: a) operate daily between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; b) include a wine marketing program consisting of up to 357 events per year for up to 16 to 150 guests per event; c) offer wine tours and tastings by appointment for up to 400 people per day, inclusive of guests attending marketing events, with tours and tastings offered daily between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; d) offer retail sale of wine and wine-related items, along with allowance for consumption on-site of wine purchased on the premises pursuant to Business and Professions Code Sections 23358, 23390 and 23396.5; and e) employ up to 61 full-time and part-time staff members. The proposed project would require demolition of an existing barn and shed currently used for vineyard management; redevelopment of a portion of the site with new winery and hospitality buildings, 75 parking stalls, and a new access driveway from Conn Creek Road/State Route 128; and installation of a left-turn lane on Conn Creek Road/State Route 128 at the new access driveway near the southeastern corner of the site.
Conn Creek Road/State Route 128 and Silverado Trail
030-120-016 and 030-120-017
Napa Wine Train
River Meadow (private heliport)
Napa River, Conn Creek
Other Location Info
8895 Conn Creek Road, northeast of unincorporated Rutherford community
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California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)
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