First wine tasting room along the 120 east of Manteca

The first tasting room is offered along East Highway 120 between Manteca and Escalon.

Zinc House Farm plans to grow from a small to a large winery on the north side of East Highway 120, located 0.7 miles east of Carrolton Road.

Their proposal is before the San Joaquin County Planning Commission on Thursday when they meet at 6 p.m. at the county administration building in downtown Stockton to seek approval for a use permit.

The project is planned in two phases over five years.

The first phase involves the conversion of an existing 1,687 square foot agricultural building into a large agricultural store and feed manufacturing facility.

The second phase includes the conversion of this produce store into a wine tasting room, followed by the construction of a new 3,280 square foot agricultural store and food manufacturing plant.

Previously, in 2020, the county approved plans for a small winery and the construction or conversion of nearly 19,014 square feet.

This work is currently in progress. They also widened Highway 120 to allow a left turn lane into the property that will stack up to 14 vehicles.

The Farm Shop and Wine Tasting Room will operate daily from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Agricultural processing and food manufacturing will take place five days a week from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

They plan to have 20 employees per shift with an average of 140 customers per day.

The license would allow the winery to hold 20 marketing events per year for up to 300 people, 12 events over the course of a year with up to 116 guests and four two-day wine launch events with between 150 and 300 people.

The state-of-the-art thermal mass cellar is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023. The project also includes a 10,000-foot gazebo that will welcome guests and serve as a shaded getaway and anchor for the cellar.

This will be the first wine tasting room on Highway 120 which serves as the main route between the Bay Area and Sierra/Yosemite National Park in Northern California.

It won’t be the first winery, however. This distinction belongs to Franzia Winery and The Wine Group – among two of the five largest wine companies in the world. Each has a large cellar close to the Zinc House Farm site. The Wine Group is west of Murphy Road while Franzia Winery is east past Van Allen Road.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email [email protected]

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