Monarch Grove Winery was the first winery to open within Grover Beach city limits, but now its owner can add another first to the list: The city’s first tasting room.
The Grover Beach City Council has approved a plan that would turn city-owned commercial space on Highway 1 into a Monarch Grove wine tasting room.
The council voted 4-0 July 15 to approve the lease for Joe Waise, who owns Monarch Grove. (Mayor Debbie Peterson recused herself, saying she lives close to where the tasting room will be located.)
Waise will use the 530-square-foot space at the south end of the Grover Beach Train Station facility to market and sell his wine.
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The winery’s current space, located at 921 Griffin St., is a 1,000-square-foot industrial building with a small room being used for tastings by appointment. Waise will be able to offer daily tasting hours once the new room opens.
According to the agreement, Waise will pay $775 per month in rent (which will also cover utilities), and in return, he will set aside a space within the tasting room for tourism and Amtrak information.
The city will keep control of the public restroom located on the eastern side of the building.
According to the agreement, Waise plans to open the tasting room Sept. 1. Hours are expected to be from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.