Wildfires bring bitter taste to winemakers
October 11, 2017
• Wineries destroyed, some vineyards impacted
• Most of wine grape harvest had been completed
The raging wildfires laying waste to hundreds of square miles in California’s Napa and Sonoma wine country are impacting the major industry in those counties -- wine.
The Napa Valley Vintners group says five wineries in the Napa Valley have been confirmed burned to the ground or severely damaged. Eleven more have suffered some damage, the California Farm Bureau Federation says.
But the fates of dozens of other wineries was not known as of Wednesday. In Sonoma County, one winery has been destroyed by the fires, CFBF says.
In both counties, the majority of the wine harvest had been picked prior to the start of the wildfires Sunday.
"With more than 90 percent of the winegrape harvest completed in Sonoma County, many growers in safe zones are heading out today to begin picking the remainder of their crops, provided they can get their grapes to their winery destination,” says Karissa Kruse, president of Sonoma County Winegrowers.