New Winery Proposed in Darnestown

MoCo Development Review Committee to discuss project Nov. 20

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Photo courtesy of Windridge Vineyards Facebook page

A new winery is on its way to possible fruition in Darnestown.

Windridge Vineyards Owner Robert Butz has submitted a preliminary plan for a winery on Darnestown Road, according to the Montgomery County Planning Board website.

The plan calls for a “tasting room” to be located on a 45-acre plot and designed to accommodate between 100 and 200 people and feel “comforting,” the Windridge Vineyards website says.

People will be able to use the location for small gatherings and events or enjoy cheese and wine on a proposed terrace.

Planning board documents say the property proposed for development is currently the site of a vineyard, and construction of the tasting room is not expected to significantly increase traffic on Darnestown Road.

The application was accepted by the board in late October and the project is scheduled to be discussed at a Development Review Committee meeting Nov. 20.

The Development Review Committee will discuss the project with planning staff and then planning staff will prepare recommendations that are presented to the board as part of a future public hearing on the proposed plan.

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