Palmaz Vineyards, which we’ve written about a few times before, is once again making headlines in the world of wine, this time for agreeing to settle a lawsuit brought against it by the Napa County CounselÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Office and Napa District Attorney’s Office.
At issue were development activities related to the construction of two vineyards on the Palmaz property at the end of Hagen Road and whether or not proper permits were obtained prior to construction. Napa County issued a press release late last week (warning PDF), which states:
The judgment requires the Palmazes to pay a $375,000 civil penalty to the county for these violations. It also orders them to pay an additional $130,000 to the Napa County Fish & Wildlife Propagation Fund, $30,000 to the State Fish and Game Preservation Fund, and $15,000 to the Department of Fish and Game.
All told, the final judgment for $550,000 is said to be the largest of its kind in Napa County history.