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NCPC approves Trefethen winery project

DBR Staff Writer Published 11 December 2012

Napa County Planning Commission (NCPC) has given green signal to California-based Trefethen Family Vineyards to expand its operations under a new winery project near the existing winery at Oak Knoll Avenue.

Located north of Oak Knoll and west of Big Ranch Road, the new 30,000gal winery will be built as per the standards of the county's proposed Climate Action Plan, which will be effective from 18 December 2012. However, it will be exempted from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) due to its small size.

Napa County attorney Rob Anglin told napavalleyregister.com that very few winery projects are exempt of CEQA.

The winery has deployed sustainable practices like using 100% solar energy, conserving energy and installing an electric vehicle charging station.

Anglin told the website that their winery does not have any problems related to emission control and the rule does not apply to them.

"Sustainability is on everybody's mind these days. It's on our minds too," he added.