Napa Valley wineries, businesses hit hard, face uncertainty with wildfires

- The millions of locals and out-of-staters who flock to Napa and Sonoma counties every year to sample wine, sit in mud baths and soak in the region’s natural beauty are now faced with uncertainly in the face of some of the worst fires to hit the region in state history. 

Vintners in Napa and Sonoma, restaurant and hotel operators and businesses large and small were assessing the horrific aftermath Tuesday from the deadly wildfires that have ravaged areas best known for their fine food and drink.

At least five wineries belonging to members have had "complete losses" in facilities, with another nine reporting some damage, said Michael Honig, board chairman of the Napa Valley Vintners trade association and president of Honig Vineyard & Winery.

He said the group has not heard from all members, especially those in the most vulnerable parts of the valley. 

Signorello Estate in Napa and Paradise Ridge Winery in Kenwood were destroyed by the firestorm. Many others, including William Hill Estate Winery and White Rock Vineyards, both in Napa, and Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood sustained damage and are closed.

With electricity still out in many areas and phone service spotty, reaching many wineries, restaurants and businesses to find out if they are open remains difficult. 

Visit Napa Valley, however, suggests that due to poor air quality and closed roads, visitors postpone travel plans until the fires are contained. The Calistoga Chamber of Commerce also suggests travelers wait until conditions are better to make a trip there. 

Fire damage isn't the only reason that businesses have opted to temporarily shut their doors. Some have staff out because of the fires, while others have closed to help family and friends impacted by the blazes. 

Visit Napa Valley has compiled a list of what's open and what's closed to help visitors. 

For example, Beaulieu Vineyard, Cakebread Cellars and Stags' Leap all remain closed as does the Poetry Inn, the Silverado Resort and Spa and Meadowood Napa.

Additionally, the well known Oakville Grocery is closed, the famed Napa Valley Wine Train is out of service and the Yountville Visitor Center is shuttered for now. 

Still, there are plenty of wineries, restaurants and hotels that remain open for business.

A full list of what's open and what's closed can be found here: https://www.visitnapavalley.com/emergency/

The Associated Press contributed to this story. 

 

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