Sutter Home Winery plans to double the size of its Lodi crushing plant over the next three years, which could generate 400 new jobs at the Central Valley facility.

The expansion will cost an estimated $200 million, the Lodi News-Sentinel reported.

Jim Huntsinger, senior vice president of production for Sutter Home, said the company has been expanding this Lodi plant since 1998.

"We're outgrowing our bottling facility in St. Helena," he said. "We do a lot of Napa Valley and coastal grapes there. But we get a majority of our fruit within 30 miles of downtown Lodi."

When the three-year project is complete, the plant's crushing capacity will increase from 100,000 tons to 200,000 tons per year, the News-Sentinel reported.

Compiled by Cathy Bussewitz from staff and wire reports. Submit items to