California Wildfires Continue to Rage, Affecting Area Hotels and Wineries

Elias Hubbard
October 12, 2017

In addition, NVV said there were still other wineries that had not yet been able to access their properties leaving their condition unknown.

At the time of the release (October 10 at 11.30am Californian time), several fires continued to burn in and around the Napa Valley, primarily in the surrounding hillsides.

"Ongoing power outages, challenges communicating via email, text or phone and the inability for employees to get to their place of work continue".

Although this is the harvest season, the NVV estimates that 90% of the grapes were picked before the fires started on Sunday night. Wine drinkers will probably feel the impact of the fires too, since California produces about 85 percent of USA wine, according to MarketWatch.

But the fates of dozens of other wineries was not known as of Wednesday.

Wine country in Northern California draws tourists from all over the world thanks to its world-class wine, farm-to-table food, and stunning views of rolling hills and redwoods.

Signorelli, Darioush and Stags' Leap have been confirmed as major casualties of the deadly wild fires in northern California.

Following 2008 wildfires in northern California, producers bottled smoke-tainted wine under a special label and sold it to buyers with the caveat that it was a fire-damaged vintage, Washington State University enologist Jim Harberston said.

Napa, Sonoma and adjacent counties collectively account for 12 percent of the wine produced throughout California, but they are home to the state's most highly prized grapes, experts said.

The Napa Valley area grows a large part of the country's grapes, but vineyards are burning.

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