Kendall-Jackson’s new Winery is dividing Knights Valley Community
Kendall-Jackson founder Jess Jackson’s plan to build a new winery in Knight Valley is stirring up a great deal of controversy in the Knights Valley. Members of the Knights Valley/Franz Valley Association feel that the plans would violate the protective aspect of the scenic route plan for that area.
“The whole Franz Valley/Knights Valley area within the county general plan is even more restrictive, and this project, we feel, will severely and negatively violate the protective aspect of that plan.”
The proposed winery and visitor’s complex would be the first public tasting room in Knights Valley. The permit also includes storage caves in the hillside, a 200 person event center and a 42 acre vineyard.
There has been a great deal of controversy in the community over the winery proposal. It has even spilled over into the Knights Valley/Franz Valley Association board of directors, resulting in the attempted removal of two board members.
Members of the Knights Valley/Franz Valley Association Board listed out their concerns with the project; with the most important being additional buildings built on the agricultural preserve. This is a major problem for those living in the community. But Jackson has addressed the majority of these concerns and the project is moving forward.
We will see if this rift will stop the development, only time will tell.