Craig and Nancy Stoller of San Luis Obispo’s Sextant Wines are building a winery and crush pad on the top of what might be an ancient volcano in Edna Valley.
Like the famous morros of Bishop Peak, Cerro San Luis and Morro Rock, the winery site is on a hill made of Diablo limestone, and so it too may be an ancient extinct volcano worn down to its plug of cooled magma over time, according to county planner Brian Pedrotti, who is managing the project.
Only this morro is mini — about 21⁄2 acres, 40 feet tall and in the middle of chardonnay and pinot noir vineyards near Old Price Canyon Road and Highway 227, Pedrotti said.
The Stollers, who got the winery project approved in 2007, have flattened the top, moved soil around, are putting in a road alongside the site and plan on revegetating the rock after they finish putting up the wine-processing metal building, Pedrotti added.
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So far, they’ve poured the pad, have some footings in for a 2,000-square-foot winery and hope to have the winery — expected to produce about 5,000 cases — ready for next year’s harvest, Craig Stoller said.
Currently, the Stollers are in a tasting room in the nearby tin building at Old Edna, which is more on the wine trail than their previous tasting room, which was located in a strip mall on South Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo.
They hope to have a 400-square-foot tasting room on the hill as well, but have not pulled the building permit on that part of the project, he said.
Pattea Torrence, who is renting the Stollers the Old Edna space, pointed out that Craig Stoller’s grandmother’s name was Edna, so it’s apropos he’ll be making wine on the top of one of its hills.
— Melanie Cleveland
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The board of directors of the Central Coast Software and Technology Association, known as Softec, has voted to oppose Measure H, the proposition attempting to block the extension of Prado Road between South Higuera and Broad streets in San Luis Obispo.
The organization believes the extension of the road will contribute to quality of life, such as fire and police response and relief of congestion and commute time, according to a news release.
“It is part of our responsibility to speak up when we observe a situation that may interfere with their (technology companies’) success,” said Russ Levanway, vice president of the Softec board.
Softec is a nonprofit networking, advocacy and education group.
— Melanie Cleveland