Filed under: Wine
It can be hard for small-production wineries in Napa to get off the ground. Wines and Vines reports on a new development that could help a select few. Tony Cartlidge and John Hawkins have announced plans to create a village of limited-production wineries for lease. Les Garagistes Napa will be home to 12 individual wineries, ranging in size from 3,500 to 6,500 square feet in four buildings surrounding a large courtyard. The spaces will small wineries a chance to have a tasting room and sales and the site will also be adjacent to a large winery that will offer barrel and case goods storage as well as a lab and bottling facility. No newbies wanted though, the founders caution that they are looking for established strong brands. It should be a benefit to consumers too, offering a chance to taste the work of 12 different winemakers in one space. The project is set to open in August 2009.