Mountain Winery Annexation Process
The Saratoga City Council recently began the process of annexing the Mountain Winery property into the Saratoga City limits. While many people associate this iconic vineyard and concert venue with Saratoga, it is actually located outside of the City in the unincorporated area of Santa Clara County. The City intends to accept all conditions the Mountain Winery is currently operating under in accordance with their County permits, and partner with the property owners and the Saratoga community to help shape the future of the Mountain Winery.
The Mountain Winery’s history in the Saratoga hills dates back long before the City of Saratoga was established. In 1878, Paul Masson arrived in San Francisco from France and began working at the winery of Charles Lefranc, located here in in the Santa Clara Valley. After finding success developing a world-class, locally-grown champagne, Paul Masson decided to build his own winery in the Saratoga hills in 1905. The Mountain Winery was later listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a California Historic Landmark. Paul Masson saw great success over the years, and also experienced challenging times during the prohibition era. In 1936, he sold the winery, then in 1958, a concert bowl was constructed, and the now famous Concert Summer Series began.
The Mountain Winery is now a world-renowned venue for concerts, weddings, fundraisers, graduations, corporate events, and more. In addition to the beautiful courtyard, concert bowl, and original Masson summer home, the site has been developed to include wine tasting, event spaces, and additional buildings to accommodate the venue’s many operations. This fall, the Mountain Winery plans to break ground on new buildings approved by the County of Santa Clara in 2018.
The City will hold a Community Meeting to share information about the annexation and gather feedback from the community on the draft General Plan and Zoning designations, which will establish standards for future uses. The Community Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Patio Room at the Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Avenue.
The current estimated annexation timeline is as follows:
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