Over the past decade, Lompoc's affectionately termed "Wine Ghetto" became a production center for some of the finest wines in the country, many featuring the new Sta. Rita Hills wine appellation. Local winemaker camaraderie and de facto wine incubators spawned innovation and launched new wine labels.
Lompoc urban wineries now produce at least 33 labels in 16 wineries across town. As Lompoc's boutique wineries grow, they move into larger facilities and hire more employees. Most recently, JM Development completed Crown Laurel Center, Lompoc's first industrial condos. Flying Goat Cellars relocated production to Crown Laurel Center and others may follow. Sea Smoke Cellars and Flight Central Wine Center have been approved for the construction of winemaking facilities of 25,000 square foot and 50,000 square foot, respectively.
Earlier in 2008, Pali Winery moved into a 10,000 square foot wine processing facility with operational offices, case good storage, barrel rooms, fermentation rooms and a tasting room; Loring Winery moved into a 20,000 square foot facility for wine processing, with operational offices, case good storage, barrel rooms and fermentation rooms. In 2007, Brewer-Clifton moved into a new 12,000 square foot production facility.