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Bien Nacido Vineyards Spared as Alamo Fire Comes Within Feet of Vines and Facilities

by Press Release
July 07, 2017

Santa Maria, CA – On July 9th, the swift-burning Alamo Fire came within feet of the Bien Nacido Vineyards and farming facilities in the Santa Maria Valley of California. Over the past four days the fire seemingly surrounded the vineyard, approaching it from the west, the north and the east. Thanks to around-the-clock maintenance and firebreak building by the Bien Nacido team, and backfiring operations carried out by fire department crews, there has been zero damage to the vineyard and all structures have been spared.

“We are extremely grateful for the heroic efforts of our team and of the firefighting personnel who helped to protect our vineyards,” says Michael Brughelli, Director of Grape Sales at Bien Nacido Vineyards. “Thanks to today’s steady onshore winds, the smoke and ash have been blown away from the vineyard and we are pleased to report that there is no apparent or foreseeable damage to our 2017 vintage.”

The Alamo fire began off of Highway 166 near the Twitchell Reservoir on Thursday, July 6 and quickly gained momentum due to strong winds and high temperatures, making it one of California’s largest wildfires. As of 9:00 am on Monday, July 10, it had burned 28,926 acres, was 15% contained and currently has over 1,600 fire fighting personnel on duty.

The award-winning Bien Nacido Vineyards is located in the Santa Maria Valley Appellation of Santa Barbara County, CA and is owned by the Miller family, fifth-generation farmers.

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