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.Mountain Winery Parking Lot

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 Public Scoping Meeting on Wednesday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Arts & Crafts Room at the Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Avenue. This meeting is an opportunity to share input on the scope and content of the Environmental Impact Report. Comments can also be submitted to Debbie Pedro by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7 by email at dpedro@saratoga.ca.us or by mail at 13777 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070.

The current estimated annexation timeline is as follows:

March 2019
May 2019
  • Joint City Council and Planning Commission Site Visit to the Mountain Winery
June 2019
July 2019
October 2019
  • Community Meeting on Draft EIR
December 2019
  • Planning Commission hearing on General Plan/Zoning amendment and Final EIR
January 2020
  • City Council hearing on General Plan/Zoning amendment, Final EIR, agreements, and resolution for Sphere of Influence (SOI) and Urban Service Area (USA) change
February 2020
  • SOI/USA amendment application submitted to Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)
April 2020
  • LAFCO Board hearing for SOI/USA amendment
June 2020
  • City Council annexation hearing


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