The city has approved a zoning variation that should move the future Bishop's Hill Winery closer to opening, one of the owners said.
The winery being created out of the former Diocese of Joliet complex at Summit and Bridge streets is waiting for a state liquor license.
"That's the biggest contingency," part-owner Phil Soto said Thursday.
Once the state issues a license, Soto said, the winery should be two or three months away from opening.
"I'm hoping late spring or early summer," he said.
Soto said the state was awaiting a rezoning of the former chancery building, which the winery plans to use for production, banquets and even a wine store.
The City Council this month approved the zoning variation for the building, one of three that will be part of the winery. The first to open will be the former tribunal building.