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Sainte Michelle Wine Estates is granted approval to build a tasting room on a nearly 20-acre vineyard on Fairview Drive

Rural Dundee will be getting a new winery, as the county's planning commission recently approved a site design review for plans for the new Sainte Michelle Wine Estates.

The winery operates several estates, including the former Erath winery in Dundee. The application for the site design review for the wine tasting room on nearly 20 acres of land on 18010 N.E. Fairview Drive went before the county planning commission on Oct. 4.

According to the commission's meeting packet, the land there is now used to grow wine grapes and nearly the entire parcel is planted. The parcel is zoned for exclusive farm use (EFU) and surrounded by smaller lots primarily zoned for residential use.

The application said a wine tasting and production facility is proposed on a section of the parcel, while more than 15 acres will remain as a vineyard. The applicants are proposing to close the Erath tasting room on Worden Hill Road to open this new facility.

The application, from Ryan Grenell, was recommended by staff to the planning commission for approval. Under the approval, the winery cannot produce more than 50,000 gallons annually and cannot have outdoor amplified music.

It will have parking on site, and proposed asphalt aisles to route traffic in and out of the property. Storm runoff will be collected in catch basins and transported by pipes to onsite retention ponds.

Roof drainage will also be captured and piped to onsite ponds.

The application states the new building will improve tax revenue for Yamhill County and the winery will employ roughly 32 people. It also states community property values will benefit from the tasting room.

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