In the early hours of Sunday morning a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Napa and its surrounding areas. The earthquake, the largest in the San Francisco Bay area since 1989, caused over 200 minor injuries and three people were reported seriously hurt.
The epicentre of the earthquake was ten miles south of the city of Napa, the majority of damage was sustained in downtown Napa with significant structural damage to some of the city’s historical buildings. Main roads into and out of Napa sustained cracks and power was also affected across the valley. The majority of wineries escaped serious damage, Harlan told IG Wines that they were minimally affected. The same cannot be said of their neighbours Silver Oak, based on the other side of the St Helena Highway and close to Opus One, who reported the loss of three barrels and multiple bottles of wine.
The most serious affected wineries were Saintsbury where over 400 bottles of wine were destroyed and Trefethen Family Vineyards which suffered severe damage to its late 19th Century visitor centre from dislodged barrels.
The overall damage is estimated to be close to $1 billion, however, the Wine Institute of California have reported that “the Earthquake will not have an impact on the overall supply of California wines”.