It’s hard not to be impressed by the prospects for Solano County wines based on news from that particular agricultural sector.
Chuck Wagner of Caymus Vineyards in Napa County wooed a Fairfield audience when he spoke Thursday at the Solano County Economic Development Corporation’s 31st annual meeting.
His massive Wagner Family of Wine project on Cordelia Road, at the former Hopkins Ranch, will upon completion include a winery along with a bottling and distribution complex, and related activities, according to county-approved permits.
They’ll begin planting a vineyard within a few weeks, Wagner said.
The project is scheduled for completion in phases through 2018. The operating capacity will hit 5 million gallons of wine annually, by far the largest in Solano County.
The new Wagner Family of Wine operation will be in fine company.
Wine grapes rank sixth in value on Solano County’s annual crop report for 2012 – the latest available – at nearly $19.8 million. Indications from last fall are that the 2013 grapes should produce fine wines, perhaps enough to push wine grapes into the county’s top five million-dollar commodities.
Meanwhile the Buzz Oates project on Cordelia Road continues apace. Wine bottle supplier Encore Glass is on track to lease a nearly completed 318,000-square-foot building there. Meanwhile Saxco International, which provides packaging for the wine, beer, liquor and food industries, has signed on for a 473,000-square-foot warehouse.
We have a slew award-winning wines from right here in Suisun Valley, based on the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. It’s billed as the largest competition of American wines in the world, so to win, place or show there is no small feat. Napa Valley wines were certainly well-represented, but so were our Suisun Valley wines.
Vezer Family Vineyard and Wooden Valley Winery cleaned up while a trio of other Suisun Valley wineries made solid showings.
Solano County’s Putah Creek Winery, meanwhile, earned five silvers: for its 2011 Syrah, its 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, its 2009 Tannat, its 2012 unoaked Chardonnay and its 2011 Barbera.
For those who are interested, the public tasting is scheduled Feb. 15 at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.