Local vineyard to enlarge outdoor space | Washington County Business News

Kevin Behnke, owner of Apple Works Winery at W179-N12536 Fond du Lac Ave., went to the Germantown Plan Commission last week for approval of site development and construction plans to add 600 square feet of outdoor patio space at the business.

“In 2013, the village council issued a conditional use permit for the operation of a winery on the property in question. The application included a tasting room, which already exists, and a 432-square-foot outdoor patio, which was built in 2013,” said Germantown Associate Planner Emily Zandt.


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According to Zandt, Apple Works’ original conditional use license included a condition that the company would have to return to the Plan Commission for approval to build any extension to the outdoor terrace. On Monday, the commission gave unanimous approval to those designs, so Apple Works Winery could proceed with the project.

This month is the second time that Behnke has offered to extend the patio. In 2020, he came to the Planning Commission to seek an amendment to the winery’s conditional use permit to add an event venue to the winery’s operations. This request included plans to restore a building for events, add parking, and expand the patio.

“Although the conditional use permit (for the event venue) has not been approved, the applicant would still like to move forward with the expansion of the outdoor terrace space, which includes construction of the cedar shelter,” Zandt said last week.

The approved plan now includes a 20-by-30-foot cedar shelter, which will be built with a black metal roof on struts, according to the Plan Commission’s meeting record. The sides of the shelter will be open.

The shelter will be 14 feet tall, according to discussions, and will be installed on a poured concrete slab. Zandt said the concrete has already been poured. It is to the northwest of the cellar building and the tasting room, near the existing patio.

The Plan Commission approved the plan without questioning it.