Napa Valley Vintners Still Assessing Damage From Earthquake

The Napa Valley Vintners trade association said it is still assessing the effects that Sunday’s earthquake had on Napa County’s wine industry.

Napa Valley Vintners is serving as a centralized resource for its 500 members and is planning an information workshop later this week, group spokeswoman Cate Conniff said.

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“The earthquake did not impact vineyards or grapes on the vine, and the majority of Napa Valley’s wineries are open for business,” Conniff said.

“It is too early to provide damage or loss estimates for wine, equipment or facilities,” she said.

Some wineries did sustain damage to their barrel storage areas, wine inventory and production equipment over the weekend, but details are not yet available, Conniff said.

“The majority of the wine that is at the wineries right now is from the 2012 and 2013 vintages—the two most abundant vintages ever,” Conniff said.

Some individual wineries may experience shortages because of the quake, but it’s not expected to have a significant impact on Napa Valley wine inventory in general, she said.

There were no reports of wine industry employees injured in the earthquake, Conniff said.
Resources are being made available to those that did suffer equipment or facility damage, including temporary tanks and other equipment to get vintners through the next few weeks, Conniff said.

There were no reports of significant injuries or structural damage in Sonoma County and most wineries, shops and restaurants there are open for business, said Ken Fischang, president and CEO of Sonoma County Tourism.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our Napa Valley neighbors. It will only be a matter of time before all of Northern California’s famed Wine Country is fully back in business,” Fischang said.

James Lanaras, Bay City News

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