Limited, no cooked to order foods; see Standard Food Service Condition of Approval below.
- Commercial kitchen. A commercial kitchen located within a tasting room or winery must be limited to a preparation area with counter space, double/triple sinks, refrigeration, microwave, warming ovens, a stove or range, grill and exhaust hood. Pizza ovens, outdoor grills and other restaurant equipment used for cooked to order foods are prohibited. A restaurant, café, delicatessen or any other food service offering cooked-to-order food is prohibited. Table service, retail sales of cooked or prepared food or menu items are prohibited in the tasting room, except for food and wine pairings or events as allowed by use permit.
- Standard Food Service Condition of Approval. A restaurant, café, delicatessen or any other food service offering cooked-to-order food is prohibited. Table service, retail sales of cooked or prepared food or menu items are prohibited in the tasting room, except within the public tasting room for food and wine pairings. The following types of food service are allowed under this permit:
- Samples or tastes of pre-packaged food, such as crackers, nuts or other palette cleansers, featuring local foods and food products offered in conjunction with wine tasting.
- Prepared meals or appetizers featuring local foods and food products offered in conjunction with agricultural promotional events, such as wine club parties, and winemaker dinners, and with food and wine pairings as limited by Condition #88. Such meals/appetizers may be provided by a licensed caterer or prepared in the approved commercial kitchen located in the winery building as depicted on the approved project floor plan (Refer to A1.1 Plan as approved by the Board of Supervisors on 4-24-2018). The preparation area can include counter space, sinks, microwave oven(s), warming oven(s), refrigeration, a stove or range, and an exhaust hood.
Food and Wine Pairing
Food and Wine Pairing featuring local food products may occur during normal tasting room hours and must be permitted after tasting room hours.
Food and wine pairing must be limited to small appetizer-size portions with a fixed menu selected by the winery limited to one food sample per type of wine.
Traffic Management Plan
A standard Condition of Approval for a new winery or tasting room is the preparation of a traffic management plan for events with over 100 participants, if not submitted with use permit application.
- Parking attendants are required each day of the event.
- An effective shuttle plan and system is required to support each day of the event. A convenient and secure “park and ride” area must be provided.
- The on-site parking requirements must be met.
- All parking and queuing of traffic must be located on the winery/tasting room premises.
- On-street parking must be prohibited. The winery must enforce the on-street parking restrictions.
- Large Tour buses are not allowed.
For a new winery or tasting room or a modification to a use permit, an on-site coordinator is required to address complaints about winery events both during and following an event.
For a new or modification of an existing use permit, a standard Annual Report Condition of Approval to ensure compliance with permits or to update use permits to reflect the appropriate level of activity:
After commencement of event activities, the owner/operator shall submit a report each year to Permit Sonoma by January 15th describing the number of agricultural promotional events that occurred during the previous year, the day, date, time, and duration of each event, the number of persons attending each event, the purpose of each event, and any other information required by the director. The annual report shall also include the proposed events for the coming year.
For a new or modification of an existing use permit, a standard Two-Year Review Condition of Approval:
A review of event activities under this Use Permit shall be undertaken by the director two years after commencement of the first event to determine compliance with the Conditions of Approval applicable to agricultural promotional events. The director shall give notice of this Use Permit review to all owners of real property within three hundred feet (300′) of the subject site plus any additional property owners who have previously requested notice. The director shall allow at least ten (10) days for comment. If the director determines that there is credible evidence of non-compliance with the Conditions of Approval applicable to events or that event activities constitute a public nuisance, the director shall refer the matter to the Board of Zoning Adjustments for possible revocation or modification of the Use Permit with regard to events. Any such revocation or modification shall be preceded by a public hearing noticed and heard in compliance with the Zoning Code. This Use Permit review shall not include any other aspect of the original Use Permit approval, unless other Conditions of Approval have not been met, violations have occurred, or the use constitutes a public nuisance.