Opus One Winery has been ordered to pay more than $10,000 in monetary relief for contaminating the Napa River with grape waste last year.
An undetermined amount of grape waste from the Oakville winery was accidentally pumped into the river in October during the 2016 harvest.
The Napa County District Attorney’s Office filed a complaint against the winery in Napa County Superior Court last week for allowing potentially harmful wine waste to pass into the river.
Opus One Winery was ordered to pay $869 to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and $993 to Napa County’s Planning, Building and Environmental Services department for costs associated with the spill. The winery was ordered to pay $5,000 in civil penalties to the Napa County District Attorney’s Office and an additional $5,000 to the Friends of the Napa River to be used for enhancement of the river.
Money gained from civil penalties will be split between the county's fish and wildlife propagation fund and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Fish and Game Preservation Fund, Assistant DA Paul Gero said Tuesday.