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Agri-Pulse reports:

The devastating fires ravaging northern California have claimed more than 20 lives, scorched at least 250 square miles, and damaged some of the region's best-known wineries.

Mendocino County's Frey Vineyards Winery and Oster Wine Cellars both appeared to have been largely destroyed, as well as the Signorello Estate Vineyards, Vin Roc and White Rock Vineyards in Napa. In the Sonoma Valley, Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa lost all of its buildings but the vineyards survived.

At least five wineries in the Napa Valley have been destroyed or significantly damaged, according to the 550-member Napa Valley Vintners association. At least 11 other members of the organization have reported some damage to buildings or vineyards. As of yesterday, some vintners had still been unable to get to their wineries to assess the damage.

A spokeswoman for the Sonoma County Vintners said it was still too soon yesterday to assess the damage to that region. "The fires and evacuations are still very much active," she said.

Wine experts say that even the wineries that survived the fires and had not yet finished harvesting may have their grape supply and quality affected for many years.
Much of the harvest in the region had already been completed before the fires hit. Many vineyards have federal crop insurance for losses to grapes, but the policies don't cover damage to the vines.

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