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California's Opus One winery is set to overhaul its ageing facilities and visitor services, following consent to expand its operations.

Opus One was founded by Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild

Opus One was founded by Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild

Local reports suggested the company had been given permission to double its production capacity. However, a spokesperson confirmed to just-drinks that there are no current plans to increase production, despite the Napa County Planning Commission granting Opus Wine consent to do so.

 "We have no intention of increasing our production as part of this project," said the spokesperson. "Our farming of our 69 hectares of vineyards will remain unchanged."

The spokesperson said extra room would instead be used to improve quality control around barrel ageing, enhance visitor facilities and create additional office space.

"The process of Use Permit approval in Napa County requires that maximum limits be determined and set for production and visitor activities at the winery," the spokesperson said.  "The county has advised that production limits be set at higher levels so that wineries do not fall out of compliance due to year-to-year variation in yields."

The Napa Valley winery, founded by Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild in the late 1970s, only makes its namesake wine. 

Last year, Opus One created an area manager role for its European business.


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