FACTS ABOUT THE DAIRYMAN WINERY & EVENT CENTER
JJW Real Estate under the name of Joseph Wagner of Rutherford, Ca. has requested a use permit for a huge winery and distillery at 5150 Sebastopol Road (HWY 12) Santa Rosa just east of Llano Road. The projects includes:
- Production of 500,000 cases of wine & 250,000 gallons of distilled spirits
- 64 yearly events with up to 600 attendees until 10pm
- 87,000 square foot of production and office areas
- Public tours and tastings, 7 days a week, open 10-5 pm for retail sales
TRAFFIC, GREENHO– USE GASES AND SAFETY CONCERNS: In addition to weekly events with up to 600 guests, Dairyman will be trucking in 99% of their raw materials. This will result in huge amounts of greenhouse gas and traffic congestion on Highway 12 and across the Joe Rodota Trail that traverses their driveway.
A WINE FAMILY WITH CHECKERED REPUTATION: July 2013: The Wagner family was fined $1 million in the largest legal settlement in Napa winery history for exceeding the permitted production capacity at Caymus’ Rutherford winery; producing 20 times more wine than allowed by their permit.
ONE BILLION GALLONS OF WATER ANNUALLY: Dairyman will use that much water and more for their wine, spirits and weekly events. 30 gallons of water are needed to produce ONE GLASS OF WINE! We are in a drought with no end in sight and according to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists, there is one year of water supply left in our reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing.
BIOTIC RESOURCES: Dairyman would be located in The Laguna de Santa Rosa, regarded as the county’s richest area of wildlife habitat, and the most biologically diverse. It is an important stopover on the Pacific Flyway and home to a wide variety of wildlife from more than 200 species of birds to endangered salmon, steelhead, salamanders and plants, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, mink, badger, and river otter. This industrial production facility would have a dramatically negative impact on this sensitive environmental region.
COMMUNITY SEPARATOR: Such a large development in a community separator violates the intent of the greenbelt surround for urbanized areas. This converts Ag zoning into industrial bottling and distillery use, rather than Ag.