Napa County’s random audit of twenty wineries last year found that eight failed to comply with their use permits. The violations were primarily based either on exceeding permitted production limits or having more visitors than allowed under the permit.
Every year, the Napa County Planning Department randomly selects twenty wineries and conducts an audit to determine whether each winery’s total gallons of wine produced is within its limit; whether the winery is complying with the requirement that the wine be made with at least 75 percent Napa County grapes; and whether its visitation and marketing plans are up to code.
The results were discussed by the Napa County Planning Commission on Wednesday, August 6th. Among the topics of conversation was whether the county was doing enough to ensure that wineries are complying with their use permits.
The results of the most recent audit could lead the county to pursue more stringent enforcement. Wineries in Napa County should be cognizant of their use permit restrictions and ensure that their operations are in compliance.