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Wine industry — Argyle hasnt started construction on their new location, expects to begin in December after finishing up harvest

Argyle Winery’s move to the former Suntron Corp. building is still a ways off. Cathy Martin, director of marketing at Argyle, said no progress has been made on the move, announced in late July.

“The deal was done and then we went right into harvest,” Martin said.

She said they are probably two months out — when harvest finishes — from focusing on the project.by: GARY ALLEN - Increasing space -- Argyle Winery plans to move to the former Suntron Corp. building at 800 N. Brutscher St. Once construction plans are submitted and approved, the Dundee-based business can begin the renovations necessary to set up the winery.

The Suntron building at 800 N. Brutscher St. in Newberg had been vacant for more than three years when Rollin Soles, Argyle founding winemaker, appeared before the Newberg Planning Commission in July in support of the winery’s conditional-use permit application. The permit, which was approved July 11, allows the building formerly used to manufacture electronic components, to function as a production facility for the winery.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had such an easy conditional use application before,” planning commissioner Phillip Smith said in July. “This is an M-1 (zoned for limited industrial) area surrounded by residential uses, and here we have a very light M-1 use. It’s a perfect use of the land.”

Although Soles stepped back from Argyle as winemaker this year to focus on his new winery, ROCO in July, he said Argyle has had a wonderful relationship with the city.

“It was the right thing to do, to locate in the city limits rather than carve out some area out in the countryside,” Soles said.

In the commission’s report, Associate Planner Steve Olson said there would be minimal impact associated with the building’s repurposing. Olson said any noise generated would be less than Suntron created, as would the traffic flow to and from the business.

Barton Brierley, Newberg planning and building director, said Argyle is just getting their construction plans together now. Once those plans are submitted and approved, construction can begin.