Daily Wine News: Urban Sprawl

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 08-17-2022

(Source: Visit Napa Valley)

“By Napa Valley standards, Green Island Vineyard is an ordinary, under-the-radar plot for grape-growing…The vineyard’s owners say it is “blighted,” no longer viable for grape growing. They want to rip out their vines and redevelop the land for industrial use, such as wine warehouses used for fulfillment or storage. Rezoning the land to allow that is a logical solution, they say, because the vineyard is already located next to an industrial park,” reports Jess Lander in the San Francisco Chronicle. “But Napa Valley preservationists, including wine and agriculture groups like the Napa County Farm Bureau and Napa Valley Vintners, are worried that could set a dangerous precedent of converting protected land and kick-start urban sprawl.”

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