Draft environmental review for Project 8 Winery in Penryn available for public review through Dec. 28

Published November 17, 2022

View of entryway to planned Project 8 Winery in Penryn

A draft environmental impact report for the proposed Project 8 Winery in Penryn has been made available – now through Dec. 28 – for public review and comment, including a public meeting  before the Placer County Planning Commission on Dec. 15 to receive comments on the draft report. 

The proposed project from applicant BEM Inc., (representing Lecavalier Cellars) would develop a full production winery, producing 50,000 cases of wine annually on 17.96 acres of a 44-acre parcel at 7615 Callison Road in Penryn. The application includes a multi-level (75-foot-tall) 29,250 square-foot octagon building on top of an underground wine cave. The upper levels of the octagon building also include a tasting room, accessory restaurant, and other associated facilities. The project also includes a 26,000-square-foot processing and warehouse building used for wine production and bottling, product storage, supply storage, and equipment storage.

The proposed project would require county approval of a conditional use permit for the winery development/operation and a zoning text amendment that would allow the octagon building to be built at a height of 75 feet. \

The draft report indicates that all significant environmental effects of the proposed project are mitigable to less-than-significant levels, except for aesthetics and transportation (vehicle miles traveled). Full copies of the report are available for public review online at https://www.placer.ca.gov/7767/Project-8-Winery or at the following locations during regular business hours: 

  • Roseville Library – 225 Taylor St., Roseville
  • Rocklin Library – 4890 Granite Drive, Rocklin
  • Loomis Library – 6050 Library Drive, Loomis

Comments on the report can be submitted to the Placer County Development Resource Agency via email at [email protected] or by fax at 530-745-3080. Comments may also be mailed to:

Placer County Development Resource Agency
Environmental Coordination Services
3901 County Center Dr. Ste 190
Auburn, CA 95603

Members of the public may also make comments on the draft report in person or via Zoom at the regularly scheduled Placer County Planning Commission meeting at 10 a.m. on Dec. 15. Information on Planning Commission meetings and Zoom links can be accessed at https://www.placer.ca.gov/2403/Planning-Commission

 Project 8 renderings from Lecavalier Cellars can be downloaded here.