Californias vineyards were not directly affected by the earthquake

California's vineyards were not directly affected by the earthquake

Supplies of California wines are unlikely to be significantly affected by the earthquake that hit two of the state's main wine regions at the weekend, according to a trade group.

The Wine Institute, which represents Californian producers, said some wineries hit by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake may see “loss of inventory”, but suggested that the “overall supply” of wine from the state will not suffer. The earthquake, which struck at 0320 local time on Sunday, affected southern parts of Napa and Sonoma counties, with the epicentre six miles south-west of downtown Napa. It was the biggest earthquake in the area for 25 years. 

“Affected wineries are busy assessing damage and cleaning up toppled barrels and broken glass to make room for incoming grapes from the 2014 harvest, which is just getting underway,” the Wine Institute said yesterday.

One producer, B.R Cohn Winery, reportedly said the earthquake had been “devastating” and it had lost half of its stock

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade group said it is “too early to provide damage or loss estimates for wine, equipment and facilities”, but noted that companies are “working hard to get business 'back to normal' as quickly as possible”.  

It added: “The earthquake did not impact vineyards or the grapes on the vine. The majority of Napa Valley’s wineries are open for business.” 

NVV concluded: “The majority of the wine that is at the wineries right now is from the 2012 and 2013 vintages – the two most abundant vintages ever. While some individual wineries may experience inventory shortages as a result of the earthquake, it is not expected to have a significant impact on Napa Valley wine inventory in general.” 

Around 208 people have been treated for quake-related injuries in the town of Napa, but there have been no reported fatalities, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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