County Alleges Illegal Operation

By Sondra Murphy
Nestled behind Rancho Arnaz, Old Creek Ranch Winery has been in business since 1981. Current owners, John and Carmel Whitman, inherited half the business in 1996, then bought out family partners in 2000. The winery is now in the midst of a dispute with Ventura County. Contrary to published reports, the winery has not closed.
The primary disagreement centers on the county’s requiring the winery to obtain a conditional use permit for their popular wine tasting

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