As the Glass Fire continues to burn throughout Wine Country, reports are surfacing about the fates of wineries. Here is what we know so far about those damaged or destroyed (and we are including only those for which we have confirmation from the wineries themselves or from journalists on the ground):
Bremer Family Winery, 975 Deer Park Road, St. Helena
The fire charred at least one vineyard at this Howell Mountain property, photos from our Bay Area News Group photojournalist Jane Tyska showed. According to Tyska, the historic buildings on the property appeared to be unaffected. That includes the winery building constructed in 1891 by John & Jacob Sutter — the original home of Sutter Home — and a 1922 farmhouse that serves as offices.
Burgess Cellars, 1108 Deer Park Road, Deer Park
The winery was destroyed in the fire, but the full extent of losses are unknown, according to representatives for the owners. Founded by Tom and Linda Burgess in 1972, the winery was acquired earlier this year by the Lawrence family, owners of Heitz Cellar, and CEO/ Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy Jr. “While we are devastated by the loss of these great heritage structures, we were heartened to hear that the vineyards were mainly spared. We look forward to many more great vintages once we can rebuild the winery,” McCoy Jr. said in a statement
Castello di Amorosa, 4045 St. Helena Highway, Calistoga
The blaze devoured the farmhouse building at Castello di Amorosa, the massive Tuscan-style castle and winery built by vintner Darryl Sattui, confirmed Jim Sullivan, vice president of marketing and public relations for the winery. However, the castle itself, 200 yards away, did not sustain any damage. The building that was destroyed was a production facility, so the loss includes Castello bottling operations, fermentation tanks, a laboratory and some, but not all, of the bottled wine inventory.
Chateau Boswell, 3468 Silverado Trail, St Helena
The fire destroyed this boutique winery that was founded in 1979 by Richard Thornton Boswell and remains in Boswell family hands. Photographers from the Bay Area News Group, Getty Images and the Associated Press chronicled the destruction.
Fairwinds Estate Winery, 4550 Silverado Trail North, Calistoga
According to a message on the winery’s website, most of the Fairwinds Winery and its tasting room has been “very seriously damaged.” Fairwinds, formerly Cuvaison Estate, is known for its award-winning carmenère and cabernet sauvignon.
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