Of approximately 1,200 wineries in Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties, it is reported that less than ten have been destroyed or heavily damaged; Five vineyard properties totaling about 200 acres in Potter Valley area of Mendocino are reported damaged. Because many areas were evacuated, some winery owners do not have access to their properties to assess the status, so the situation remains fluid; Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma, combined, represent about 12 percent of California winegrape production.
On Monday, four more confirmed significant damage to their wineries, vineyards or wine stock. That brings the list of wine-damaged properties to 22 in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, since fires started on Oct. 8
At 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office lifted some evacuation orders in Sonoma County and the Valley, allowing many residents to return to their homes in Kenwood, Boyes Hot Springs and the City of Sonoma that had previously been under mandatory or advisory evacuation status.
TTB has several different resources available for wineries that have experienced damage. TTB's disaster relief options available for victims of the Northern California fires are similar to those that were made available for the Napa Earthquake, as well as Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey.
G3 will also be covering the cost of transporting numerous truckloads of donations to the affected areas. To support G3 employees' individual efforts, G3 will provide a 200% match of all G3 employee cash donations to relief funds in the area.
Sonoma County Farm Bureau is coordinating donations of feed and supplies for livestock and horses. The Farm Bureau office has secured a storage yard and is in the process of gathering feed and hay for distribution to affected farmers throughout the county.
A number of Paso Robles wineries have come together to try to raise funds for those affected by the devastating wildfires in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Each participating winery will be donating $1 per bottle sold through the end of the month to charities.
"The wine industry in general is very much intertwined. A lot of grape growers farm in different areas that include both Napa and Sonoma and Lodi, but we also know each other because it's such a small, tight unit of people."
TerrAvion, an aerial imagery provider for farming and conservation, is offering free aerial imagery to any grower that has been affected by the fire, for damage assessment, insurance claims, or government claim purposes.
The Glancy Wine Education Fund is creating special North Bay Fire Recovery Scholarships to benefit unemployed wine and hospitality professionals looking to improve their knowledge and skills while their community rebuilds.
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today issued the following statement from Dean William S. Silver regarding the wildfires burning in the north San Francisco Bay Area, and the SBE's role as an educational and community nucleus for the region's economic recovery efforts.
Steve Ledson said late Sunday his castle-like Highway 12 winery, which has not been damaged by fire despite flames drawing close, remains closed due to power outages. The same is true of his Sonoma hotel and crush facility, which also are closed ...
People were being allowed home in areas no longer in harm's way, and the number of those under evacuation orders was down to 75,000 from nearly 100,000 the day before. Fire crews were able to gain ground because winds that had fanned the flames did not kick up overnight as much as feared.
The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office is lifting all evacuation orders in the following areas. If you live in these areas, you can return home now. Please read the instructions for your neighborhood below. There will be more law enforcement personnel in your neighborhood to keep you safe.
The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation is asking the local winemaking community to fund a campaign which will provide aid to the winemaking communities in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Working with Direct Relief, a medical relief organization headquartered in Goleta, 100% of funds raised will be distributed throughout the affected area through California's Office of Emergency Services, the Napa County Public Health Department, and more than 40 health centers and clinics in the tri-county region.
A new American Farm Bureau Federation video features a Western Washington farm to highlight a national labor shortage and the organization's push for a more flexible guest-worker program. In the 1-minute, 43-second video, a tractor plows under zucchinis in King County grown by Burr and Rosella Mosby. They said they abandoned the 20-acre field, easily losing $100,000, because they didn't have enough workers.
Scrutiny of the condition of the American West's forests, and of policies that curtailed logging and suppressed wildfires, has intensified amid a devastating wildfire season that has burned a combined area bigger than Maryland and caused widespread destruction in California's wine country.
At mid-September, with temperatures cooling significantly following several days of unseasonably hot weather at the start of the month, the pace of sugar development in Lodi grower Steve Felten's wine grape vineyards had slowed.
"Both the beer industry and the wine industry have really reached a critical mass. We have 190 wineries and 225 breweries from mountains to coast and everywhere in between," said Margo Metzer with Our State Public House.
"This area is middle-class," Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore said on a recent day as he surveyed the damage in Santa Rosa's Coffey Park neighborhood, which is in his district. "This is not rich folks, this is where people struggled to make their rent...a lot of plumbers, a lot of teachers. People who can barely meet their mortgage."
An estimated 28,000 undocumented immigrants live and work in Sonoma County. Unlike other victims of the fires that have devastated Sonoma County, undocumented immigrants do not qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Lack of immigration status, limited English proficiency, and fear of immigration enforcement will also impede their access to disaster-relief services
At least 35 people have been killed and dozens more injured by wildfires in Portugal and northern Spain, as strong winds from a hurricane fanned hundreds of blazes sweeping across densely forested territory
The harvest continued along the Napa Valley floor Monday as wineries shuttered since the fires began try to re-open to the public. As the harvest continues, news reports featured vineyard workers working in smoky conditions.
The fires that struck the county last week could lead to fewer home sales and higher prices in the months ahead. However, experts generally hedged their predictions by pointing to the unprecedented scale of the disaster.