Winery plans expansion into downtown Galt
April 15, 2014
• Barsetti Vineyards would open Galt’s first wine tasting room
• “Galt is where both the roots of my family and the roots of our vineyard are”
Janis Barsetti Gray
A small winery owned by long-time Galt-area farmers Richard and Janis Barsetti Gray plans to expand into downtown Galt if the city’s council gives its approval.
It would be the first wine tasting room in Galt in the last several years.
Earlier this month the Galt Planning Commission unanimously voted to allow wine tasting in Galt’s downtown area, clearing the way for the Barsetti Vineyards’ proposed tasting room to open, pending approval for wine tasting in the downtown from Galt City Council, which is expected to take up the issue at its May 6 meeting.
“Galt is where both the roots of my family and the roots of our vineyard are. Sure, we could just retire, but we would rather continue working to bring benefits to ourselves and hopefully to our hometown,” says Ms. Gray. “We are grateful for the Galt Planning Commission’s unanimous decision, and now look forward for final approval by the City Council for wine tasting in downtown Galt.”
Frank Gayaldo, a Lodi grape grower and former executive director of the Galt District Chamber of Commerce, says the winemaking couple has traveled around the world, creating category for Lodi appellation wines, which covers the Galt region.
“They are two of the most passionate and generous global wine ambassadors and small business advocates that I have ever met,” he says. “Despite all their traveling, Richard and Janis’ hearts have always remained in Janis’ hometown of Galt.”
(To watch a CVBT video profile showing how the couple retired from corporate jobs only to evolve into small business people as owners of Barsetti Vineyards, please click on the link below. Note that this video is behind a paywall.)