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Geneva aldermen approve microwinery license at Jan. 6 meeting

New classification allows for limited wine production, sale

Geneva aldermen approved a microwinery license at its Jan. 6 City Council meeting.
Geneva aldermen approved a microwinery license at its Jan. 6 City Council meeting.

GENEVA – Aldermen approved a new liquor license classification for a microwinery at the Jan. 6 City Council meeting.

Aldermen acting as the Committee of the Whole already unanimously recommended approval Dec. 16.

The action amends the city’s liquor code to allow for a Class C-5 liquor license for a microwinery, and to issue such a license to Geneva Winery LLC at 426 S. Third St., Suite 1A.

City Administrator Stephanie Dawkins had said at the committee meeting that staff created the new license classification.

“Geneva Winery LLC submitted an application to allow for limited wine manufacturing as well as retail sale by the glass or bottle for consumption on or off premise,” Dawkins said.

In August, the City Council approved a zoning text amendment that added production brewing to a list of special uses allowed in a business district.

The proposed microwinery would receive mash in six-gallon buckets or jugs that would ferment for four to six weeks, then be bottled for sale or aged on the shelf, officials had said then.

The microwinery would be able to make up to 250 gallons a month have a tasting room and a patio, officials said.

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