October’s wildfires in Northern California mean major property and product losses for wineries — a major setback for the local economy.
The wildfires that engulfed Northern California in October were the deadliest in the state’s history, displacing residents throughout the region and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. As people return to their homes and towns come back to life, one of the biggest questions is what the wildfires mean for wine production in the area. Much of California’s wine country was razed in the wildfires, destroying entire vineyards and exposing grapes to dangerous levels of smoke. As a result, the state’s wine industry could be seriously diminished in years to come.