Winery planned for Newcastle’s Indian Hill Road

Project on 37.9-acre parcel also includes 8 houses
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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A winery and housing development is being proposed for a 37.9-acre parcel on Indian Hill Road south of Auburn.

Located about a mile east of the Newcastle Road-Interstate 80 exit, the property sits on the north side of Indian Hill Road and is owned by Lucille Westwood Ltd.

To be called the Westwood Family Cellars, the winery would have parking for 35 vehicles and be open 10:30 a.m. to sunset on weekends and state or federal holidays only, according to a project description submitted to Placer County’s planning department.

The Stone Ridge plan calls for a subdivision of the property to allow eight lots ranging in size from 2.5 to 9.4 acres. Eight custom homes would be built and vineyards planted on each of the lots.

Westwood Family Cellars would be located immediately north of Indian Hill Road one  the largest of the eight properties. The winery would include a 6,000-square-foot building housing a tasting room, kitchen and bottling areas.

The winery would have a maximum capacity of 20,000 cases a year, utilizing grapes grown on the property. The Westwood family developed the Sierra de Montserrat vineyard in Loomis in 2007 and started making wine in 2009.

The Newcastle-Ophir Municipal Advisory Council will be given a presentation on the plan tonight. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Newcastle Elementary School, 645 Kentucky Greens Way in Newcastle.

To move forward, Lucille Westwood Ltd. will need to rezone part of the site, subdivide the property into eight lots and have a permit approved for a winery producing fewer than 20,000 cases annually.