Californias wildfires affect on vineyards
I have seen several reports on the wildfires destroying the California vineyards; are any of you in the Napa / Sonoma Valley regions? I do hope those folks have good insurance and have sent some of their vines to other regions for future propagation. Can anybody comment on the losses?
Not from there but visited their last year. Some of the wineries we visited have been destroyed or damaged greatly by the Glass Fire. This is the second big fire that's taken it's toll on this area in recent years. Firefighters do their best to save entire properties but in the end, it's the structures that are most important and regrettably, they can't be everywhere at the same time and some of these structures are lost.
After the previous fire, in this area, there were still signs of the damage but rebuilding was well underway. I think this fire, The Glass Fire, was more destructive and severely damaged or completely destroyed 19 wineries, restaurants and resorts.
Fire is still burning, but not growing very fast now. It still remains to be seen what effect it will have on this year's vintage. Some grapes had been harvested, but much was still on the vines. We are about an hour South of the fire. Our edible grapes have soot on them, but still taste the same. It could be a fantastic year for those Wineries who actually have a vintage that they can bottle, since the supply will somewhat limited.