Many Wine Country Tasting Rooms Reopen As North Bay Wildfires Near Containment

NAPA (CBS SF) — Most wine tasting rooms have reopened in Napa and Sonoma counties following the wildfires this month in the two counties, a winery advocacy group said Eriday.

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Fewer than a dozen wineries were destroyed or heavily damaged in the fires and some operated despite the challenging conditions, officials with the Wine Institute said.

Institute officials said except where the fire was the fastest and strongest, the high amount of moisture in the vineyards kept them from burning.

Vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties represent about 12 percent of wine grape production in California.

Institute officials said because of the heat in late August and early September 90 percent of the 2017 harvest in Napa and Sonoma counties was completed before the fires.

Neither smoke nor heat from the fires affected the fermenting of wine or the wine already bottled.

Institute officials said the grapes grown in the 2017 season are excellent and their optimistic the vintage will be as well.

According to the institute, it’s too early to tell what the economic impact of the fires will be on the wine industry. But major damage to vineyards and wineries was not widespread.

Also, operating again is the Napa Valley Wine Train as most of valley was untouched by the fires, company officials said.

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