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11/7/2013 2:26:00 PM
Winemaking, beer-brewing OK'd for Camp Verde applicants
Camp Verde resident Kris Metzler tells the town council of his plans for making and distributing wine from his home. VVN/Bill Helm
Camp Verde resident Kris Metzler tells the town council of his plans for making and distributing wine from his home. VVN/Bill Helm
Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman (left) shares a laugh with Camp Verde residents John and Rita Ferguson at a Meet-and-Greet prior to Wednesday’s Town Council meeting. VVN/Bill Helm
Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman (left) shares a laugh with Camp Verde residents John and Rita Ferguson at a Meet-and-Greet prior to Wednesday’s Town Council meeting. VVN/Bill Helm


Bill Helm
Managing Editor


CAMP VERDE - Kris Metzler never considered having wine tastings at his home.

But since he makes and ships wine to his family and friends - and would like to make a few extra dollars selling his wine in the Verde Valley - the Camp Verde resident requires a Series 13 domestic farm winery liquor license.

At Wednesday's regular session, the Town Council voted 6-0 to recommend the approval of an application for Kris Metzler to obtain the proper licensing he needs.

Before the unanimous vote, members of the community spoke in opposition - and support - of the license approval.

"There's no property that's kept nicer than Mr. Metzler's property," said Marvin Gordon, who lives three homes away from Metzler. Gordon also said that granting the license would create additional traffic in the community.

"I know it's selfish," Gordon added. "I want my peace. I want to protect my property, but I'm thinking of the other properties as well."

Ginger Mason lives in a nearby neighborhood, she told the council.

"I do feel for the folks near this facility, which is what it would be," Mason said. "There are other avenues."

Metzler then spoke, offering words of assurance both to the council and the community.

"I love my neighborhood," Metzler said. "I don't want to change my neighborhood. I didn't think this would turn into such a hullabaloo."

For several years, Metzler has been making between 140 and 160 gallons of wine each year. He also said that the state requirement for the possessor of a series 13 license is that he manufactures at least 200 gallons of wine.

Metzler said he does not expect to exceed the annual minimum requirement.

"What I'm doing here is a one-person endeavor," Metzler said. "I want to stay low. My goal is to get to the 200 gallons, so the state is OK with it. For me, it's been a push to go from a hobby to a business."

The Council also voted 6-0 to recommend the approval of a Series 3 microbrewery liquor license application for Steve Kyllingstad, owner of the Verde Café, located at 368 S. Main St. Kyllingstad plans to open a brewery in the vacant units at 358 S. Main St.

Eight weeks ago, Verde Café expanded business hours to include dinner on the weekends. With the council's decision, Kyllingstad hopes to expand business hours to include dinner five nights each week.

According to Kyllingstad, the purpose-built commercial brewing system would be in operation no sooner than May 2014.

Also during Wednesday's regular session, the Council accepted the quitclaim deed of a parcel located in the Fort River Caves subdivision. The Town was to have taken possession of the parcel upon time of incorporation. The parcel had been owned by Yavapai County.

The parcel, APN 404-30-342, abuts the Verde River and is adjacent to property owned by the Town and used for recreational purposes. On Oct. 21, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors agreed to quitclaim the parcel to the Town.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: June Trinidad

Jordan Meadows--- See comment I left on the other article

Go Kris...Stomp those grapes.!!!


Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: mark alvarez

Just checking in on camp verde from afar. We moved out of town a few years ago and this is one reason why. No common sense by elected officials with regard to home owners and their neighborhood. I hate to say it,but I do not see any changes since we moved. It appears that as long as its not in my neighborhood,no problem. Unfortunetley, these problems sooner or later always come to your neighborhood. Best of luck to the residents of camp verde.

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: Steve Goetting

The White Hills winery tasting room in the Boler's building is now open for business. We look forward to assisting and promoting other Camp Verde winemakers. We would be thrilled to discuss with Mr. Melter about representing his wine. Camp Verde is about to become a hot spot of the Arizona wine industry.

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: Ginger Mason

After hearing Mr. Metzler, who by-the-way should have perhaps spoken first at the Council meeting, I am more relieved with his endeavor of producing and selling in minimum amounts to family, friends and local businesses and my main concerns with the series 13 license is the potential now for other larger facilities to produce and distribute up to 40,000 gallons and the impact to a residential area. I support the Camp Verde citizens that are working hard to develop and promote our valleys great wine producing opportunities for Community Development and only encourage that they ENSURE a comfortable environment for their neighbors like Mr Metzler.

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: Stomping Grapes

You might be panicking for no reason here. From the hearing, it sounds like Metzler has already been harvesting grapes and producing wine at just slightly below the level required for licensing. Grapes grow quietly, are pruned and harvested by hand, and the processing is confined within facilities. This isn't a noxious neighborhood activity. A few UPS deliveries now and then.

Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Article comment by: Kayo Parsons-Korn

I totally understand Jordan Meadows' concern allowing a commercial entity into a residential neighborhood. We would all like a quiet place to live. But I also understand Mr. Metzler's desire to have a small winery.

Why not instead promote a wine tasting facility in Camp Verde? It could even be a co-op, with interested wine makers spending volunteer time in the tasting room. Like they do in art co-ops. Or maybe the wine maker's give a percentage of sales to the wine tasting facility to cover their cost of rent and salary for the servers.
Then it keeps the traffic in town and out of residential neighborhoods, but gives winemakers a place to sell their goods. It would also benefit the businesses in town. "Let's do some wine tasting and then check out this gallery..."


Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Article comment by: JORDAN MEADOWS

So Metzler loves his neighborhood so much that he intends to operate a commercial business right in the middle of it? Give me a break! What Metzler really loves is being able to make money at the expense of his neighbors and to hell what it does to the neighborhood. If he wants a business he should have been required to obtain a commercial location and pay the freight just as any other legitimate business . SHAME ON THE COUNCIL FOR APPROVING THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But this is Camp Verde after all.



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