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E&J Gallo to Expand Stagecoach Vineyard

by Kerana Todorov
April 23, 2019

E&J Gallo Winery plans to expand its Stagecoach Vineyard east of Napa by planting an additional 91 acres in vines, according to county records.

The company has applied for an erosion control permit to develop a 170-acre parcel into Stagecoach North Soda Canyon Ranch Vineyard. Exactly when the development will begin is unclear.

During a meeting scheduled for today, April 23, the Napa County Board of Supervisors is expected to consider an agreement to hire a company for up to $333,700 (through 2020 with an automatic renewal of one year) to prepare an in-depth environmental analysis of the project, according to a staff report.

Modesto-based E&J Gallo would reimburse the county for the full cost of the environmental impact report that Environmental Science Associates would help prepare in accordance with California’s environmental impact laws.

Gallo applied for the erosion permit in December 2018. However, Napa County officials determined an EIR would be required. The company already submitted a $67,000 deposit, according to a staff report. The EIR could be ready for public review by the spring of 2020, according to the report.

The family-owned winery acquired the undeveloped 170-acre lot when it purchased Stagecoach Vineyard in 2017 for $235 million. The deal included 600 acres of contiguously planted vines straddling Pritchard Hill and the Atlas Peak appellation.

Stagecoach sold fruit to more than 90 wineries with more than 30 wineries bearing the Stagecoach name on their labels, according to a written statement issued about the sale in 2017. 

In early April, E&J Gallo announced a $1.7 billion deal to buy 30 brands from Constellation Brands, along with major wine facilities in California, Washington and New York, subject to federal regulatorory approval.

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