Elite Napa winery destroyed by fire although valley of vineyards spared

Wineries burn down as infernos tear through California's Napa Valley

Burned out wine bottles sit on a rack at the fire damaged Signarello Estate winery

Another 11 members reported damage to their wineries, outbuildings, or vineyards.

The Napa Valley Vintners said that five member wineries "suffered total or very significant losses due to the fire".

Most of the remaining fruit, he said, are thicker-skinned cabernet sauvignon grapes that won't be affected by smoke. Overlooking the valley, Signiorello Winery was handsome - but was destroyed by the fires.

Reporter Rex Carlin spoke with two people involved with the wine industry today, who told him these fires are hitting people twice.threatening not only the wineries - which is the economy in that area - but also their homes and neighborhoods.

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"I know that some of the winemakers have already talked about the Red Mountain Alliance doing something for them down there", said Marshall Edwards, vineyard operation manager at Shaw Vineyards. We have some damage to fix.

"The wine is secure in our cellars".

Even wineries that were destroyed may survive. Buildings damaged, destroyed by North Bay wildfires "It was handsome, it really was", said Ray Signorello, who spent thirty years making wine at his estate winery in Napa.

Spokeswoman Charlotte Milan said she could only confirm damage to the winery and a residence, explaining that workers had not been able to go on site.

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The Paradise Ridge Winery in Sonoma County posted that it was "heartbroken" to announce that the facility had burned.

About 12 percent of grapes grown in California are in Sonoma, Napa and surrounding counties, said Anita Oberholster, a cooperative extension specialist in enology at the University of California, Davis.

Tourism officials said Tuesday that wine country is open for business.

Sara Brooks, chairwoman of the Visit Napa Valley Board of Directors and general manager of the historic Napa River Inn, said she has had some cancellations, but expects tourism to bounce back as it did after the 2014 Napa quake. He is convinced the Napa brand will survive.

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"It's heartbreaking", she said, "It's tough to see these places you've seen your whole life on fire". "We made it through Prohibition".

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