A series of wildfires ignited by dry conditions and strong winds late Sunday has impacted numerous areas in California including Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma Counties. According to Cal Fire, some 17 large wildfires continue to burn across the state of California and have consumed over 115,000 acres. Fetzer Vineyards’ employees and their families are accounted for and safe, and our winery and nearly 1,000 acres of Mendocino County vineyards remain out of harm’s way. Regions most severely impacted by fire in Mendocino County are the northerly Redwood Valley and Potter Valley areas, where a fire called the Redwood Complex has consumed 21,000 acres as of today and remains active. Fetzer Vineyards’ headquarters is located in the Hopland area, more than 20 miles south of this fire, and is not under threat at this time.
Status of Grape Harvest
As of today, Fetzer Vineyards has harvested a significant portion of grapes to be picked this harvest season and we continue to process fruit for the 2017 harvest at our Hopland winery. Scheduling and coordinating remaining picks is a priority, and we are following a safety-first approach while moving ahead with the harvest as quickly as possible. It remains unclear the extent to which our grower partners have been affected by the state’s fires, and our thoughts are with our partners and everyone impacted by these events.