A plan to expand an existing wine tasting room into a restaurant, shops and living spaces was approved by the Paso Robles City Council on June 2 in a unanimous vote.
The changes will come to San Antonio Winery’s 2-acre parcel at 2610 Buena Vista Drive, off Highway 46 East.
The space was previously David Weyrich's Martin & Weyrich Winery tasting room, which he lost to foreclosure with other assets in 2010.
That same year, Los Angeles-based San Antonio Winery bought the tasting room property.
The estimated average water use for the project would be 1,980 gallons per day, according estimates presented in the project applicant’s engineering documents. The project also removes a nearly half-acre of existing vineyard and some grassy turf, reducing the property’s current water use to irrigation by 678 gallons per day. City staff determined that the proposed project could be adequately served with the city’s water supplies according to build-out projections outlined in the city’s master plan for growth, city planner Susan DeCarli said.
The new 12,000-square-foot mixed-use development, which city planners say may not start construction until 2017, is designed to include a ground-floor restaurant and shops with three apartment units above the retail spaces as well as one freestanding residence, according to the city. It would carry on the existing tasting room’s Italian-themed Mediterranean architecture.
The council approved that the restaurant could have a 42-foot tall tower, which exceeds the area’s height limit. The council also agreed to a general plan amendment to allow for apartment units, restaurant and retail uses to be added in an area zoned for single-family residential, which had also allowed the wine tasting room.
San Antonio Winery has been purchasing grapes from local growers within the Paso Robles appellation and processing wines at a local facility.
"Our family is proud to grow together with the city of Paso Robles. We have been a part of the Paso wine industry for over 30 years," said winemaker Anthony Riboli. His family's company has also been operating in greater Los Angeles for more than the last century.
San Antonio Winery wines are sold nationally and in Europe and China.