During the past week, readers sent me questions about reports of damage or destruction of certain wineries. I contacted the winemakers or communication directors to clear up what were incorrect reports.
Regarding damage to Stags Leap Winery and Chateau St. Jean, Brent Dodd, national communication director for Treasury Wine Estates, the Austrialian company that owns Stags Leap Winery and Chateau St Jean, responded to my email: “Overall, Stags’ Leap and Chateau St. Jean Wineries are still standing and relatively unscathed through the heroic efforts of our local, regional and national first responders.”
Chimney Rock winery in the Stag’s Leap District was reported damaged. Megghen Driscol, from the communications department of corporate owner Terlato Wine Group, replied:
I’m sending you an update on Rutherford Hill and Chimney Rock (which has widely been reported as destroyed – but most certainly is not). I saw it first-hand on Tuesday. All the roads were closed so cars were not allowed in but a few of us hiked in through the backwoods and vineyards to visually inspect for ourselves so it’s been 100% verified. I’m evacuating soon but am available on cell if you have questions.
Calistoga remains under mandatory evacuations.
From various publications and websites, the following wineries were either completely destroyed or significantly damaged as stated by the owner, family member or spokesperson.
Helena View Johnson Vineyards, Calistoga
Pulido-Walker’s Estate Vineyard, Mt. Veeder
Roy Estate, Soda Canyon Road
Segassia Vineyard, Mt. Veeder
Signorello Estate Vineyards, Silverado Trail
Sill Family Vineyards, Atlas Peak Rd.
VinRock, Atlas Peak Rd.
Ancient Oak Cellars, Santa Rosa
Paradise Ridge Winery, Santa Rosa
Backbone Vineyards and Winery, Redwood Valley
Frey Vineyards, Redwood Valley
Oster Wine Cellars, Redwood Valley
The following story from the Napa Valley Register will give you a sense of the fear and bravery that such moments bring:
I will update you when I have more verified information.