The August 24 earthquake that hit northern California caused damages and injuries that may cost Napa Valley as much as $1 billion overall — but the cost to the region’s wineries may well be incalculable.
Napa Valley produces 17% of the nation’s wine, and is home to many prized vintages — which were claimed by the 6.0 quake, impossible to replace.
Other staggering losses:
- The Laird Family Estate lost enough wine to fill a swimming pool.
- Napa Barrel Care — which stores wine for five wineries — had 100 barrels (equivalent of about 300 bottles of wine) fall off shelves, crashing to the ground.
- Three barrels of wine at Silver Oak Winery were damaged, costing an estimated $100,000 of a premier vintage.
There is one bit of good news amid all the quake damage, though: the grapes for this year’s bottles remained on the vines, ensuring 2014 won’t be a scarce year, known as a rare vintage, in the future!