As wildfires continue to burn throughout northern California, the forecast of rain later this week has offered hope of relief to those that have seen their wineries and homes destroyed.
Wine production in New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay has suffered losses due to incessant rains in March, bringing down its total production from 2016’s 42,000 tonnes to 33,000 tonnes in 2017.
Several raging wind-whipped fires forced evacuations Monday in California's famed wine country.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered near Calistoga in Sonoma County, located about 75 miles north of San Francisco, KTVU reported.
Palmaz Vineyards staff harvests Cabernet as estate smolders.
Members of the Palmaz Vineyards picking crew encountered an unwelcome guest as they arrived at the property early Monday. The Atlas Fire first reported Sunday at 9:20 p.m. was encroaching on the family-owned property in the Coombsville AVA. In a moment, the vineyard workers became firefighters.
This year’s vintage in California will rate as one of the greatest of the past 20 years, according to Vérité winemaker Pierre Seillan.
Speaking in London on Monday this week about the conditions in Sonoma County, the source region for Vérité’s triumvirate of wines made from Bordeaux grapes, Seillan said that 2017 was a “great” vintage, adding that he would place it in quality terms among the “top five vintages of the past 20 years”.