Gallo proposing giant winery in Acampo while neighbors nearby are unhappy

Phil Abba's family has been growing grapes in Acampo since the 1930's. But now, Modesto-based wine giant Gallo is proposing to build a massive winery directly across the street from his home.

Phil Abba's family has been growing grapes in Acampo since the 1930's.

“This time of year, they’re going into dormancy as the cold weather goes on," said Abba.

But now, Modesto-based wine giant Gallo is proposing to build a massive winery directly across the street from his home.

"We're not opposed to the project, the Gallo project. We think it's great for the county and would be a great project, but we feel it doesn't fit the area," Abba added.

Ironically, since the 1960's, Abba's family has grown four varieties of grapes to none other than Gallo.

"So it is awkward. And like I said, we aren't opposed to the project, Gallo has been good to us," says Abba.

Gallo already owns the land proposed for the 65-acre project at East Acampo and North Dustin Roads near Lodi.

A portion of the vineyard has already been removed from the parcel.

A project application submitted to San Joaquin County calls for a 24-hour facility with 350 employees and an annual production of 150,000 tons of grapes.

No wine tasting are events are proposed. The facility would be constructed in three phases and completed in 13 years.

Homeowner Tom Iverson has lived across the street from where the winery will go in for 22 years

He says he enjoys the "quietness and the solitude."

But, he fears his home value will drop and his tranquil neighborhood changed forever.

“The trucks going thru here. They’re talking 240 a day during crush. And the children. I have grandchildren running around here all the time," says Iverson 

ABC10 reached out to E. & J. Gallo Winery, who said, “We are currently working with San Joaquin County to build a winery in Lodi.  We appreciate the concerns of local residents, and will take this feedback into consideration during the planning process.”

n the very early stages of the process, the project must pass several hurdles before it's approved by the county.

The San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation and the Lodi Winegrape Commission have yet to take a position on the proposal.

A public hearing date before the county planning commission has yet to be set.

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