Keep Wineries and Tasting Rooms in Rural King County
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My family owns Matthews Winery, located in the Woodinville area of rural King County. King County should be voting soon on what to do with zoning codes impacting businesses like ours. We hope they modify and update the zoning codes to allow for tasting rooms of our size to operate on certain rural-residential parcels along main arterials, such as 140th Pl NE and Woodinville-Redmond Rd, while at the same time continuing to keep all of the agriculturally-zoned farmland in our valley protected. We also hope they allow for tasting rooms to be open daily from noon to 9pm, as well as allow us to host an unlimited number of events throughout the year in order to bring our community together in unique and festive ways, while still respecting local noise ordinances. We believe this model makes sense for our area, and fits into our rural setting.
There are some who want all wine-related businesses moved inside the city, but we fear that doing so would turn Woodinville Wine Country into Woodinville Wine City and would only lose the romance and the charm that you get by experiencing wine in a rural, open, and more natural setting.
There are others who fear a vote for our model is somehow a vote against farming, but that simply isn't true. Not only do we support keeping all agricultural-zoned land protected as farmland, but we've also planted our very own farm on our own rural-residential zoned property - which now supports our own CSA program, farm-to-table dinners, farm tours, etc.
We believe our model is the correct model for what King County should allow moving forward, and we hope there are continued ways for local wineries, tasting rooms, and farms to work together. A rising tide should truly lift all boats.
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