Sonoma and Napa Wineries Damaged by California Wildfires: Updated List
Fortune Magazine - By Chris Morris Updated: October 13, 2017
As the California wildfires continue, with Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties being the hardest hit, the focus of authorities rightfully remains on rescuing people trapped in or near the inferno and attempting to control the fire. But the impact on California’s Wine Country continues to grow, with several wineries damaged or destroyed.
That won’t have an immediate impact on wine lovers, but it could dramatically affect the supply and even the taste of Napa and Sonoma wines for years to come. Alex Andrawes, a wine broker in Texas and owner of PersonalWine.com has extensive contacts in Napa. One of his friends, “said he could hear the wine boiling in the barrels before the roof fell in.”
The lasting impact of the Napa fires could affect all wines coming from California, whether they’re caught in the fires or not. “The smoke taint thing will be global — both valleys,” he says. “No pockets spared, I fear.”
With the first wildfire still burning, the list of wineries that suffered damage will increase in the coming days.
Authorities haven’t yet put together a complete list of wineries burned by the wildfires. Napa Valley Vintners, which has heard from 160 member wineries, says at least five of its members have reported total or very significant losses, with 11 more reporting some damage to their winery or vineyards. Several members have not yet been able to access their properties to access the damage. The group is still not naming which wineries have been impacted yet and says it’s too early to estimate the economic impact of the fires on Napa’s wine industry.