California’s latest wildfire destroyed a historic family-run winery — and was threatening dozens more Monday as it spread across the famed Napa-Sonoma wine region.
The Chateau Boswell Winery was photographed completely engulfed by the Glass Fire, which started in Napa Valley early Sunday — and spread to cover 11,000 acres (17 square miles) within a day, with thousands ordered to evacuate.
Both the estate and the castle-inspired buildings were damaged in the 40-year-old family-run winery famed for its Cabernet Sauvignons, SFGate said.
But it is unlikely to be the only one destroyed as the fire spread from Napa Valley to neighboring Sonoma — with at least 64 wineries in danger in the evacuation area by Monday morning, the outlet said.
“It’s a cremation,” Craig Battuello, whose family started its first vineyard in 1909, told KPIX of the St. Helena region.
As the Glass Fire continued to spread Monday — with fire officials admitting none of it had yet been successfully contained — winemakers were forced into a waiting game to know the real devastation.
”It’s hard to say what the true damage is,” Hourglass winemaker Anthony Biagi told Wine Spectator magazine.
“The fire burned through our Blueline vineyard adjacent to Calistoga Ranch,” he said, adding he has to assume property will be destroyed — while hoping that wine in barrels in caves will be safe.
“The upper eastern Napa Valley got hammered,” he told the magazine.
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