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Wine Spectator: Meadowood Resort, Newton Vineyard, Burgess Cellars Among Napa Wildfire’s Many Victims

September 29, 2020

The communities of Napa and Sonoma counties have been stunned and humbled by the devastation and uncertainty brought by the wildfires that continue to rage there. The Glass Incident fires, which ignited Sept. 27, have consumed more than 36,200 acres, destroying homes, wineries, and other businesses, with countless others still under threat from the fast-moving fires that remain uncontained.

Two of Napa Valley’s most prestigious luxury resorts, Meadowood and Calistoga Ranch, have suffered significant damage. Meadowood, in the forested foothills to the east of St. Helena where the Glass Fire started, was evacuated Sunday afternoon and firefighters were engaged in its defense Monday morning when the fire made its approach, according to Brett Anderson, Meadowood’s director of culture and communications. “We don’t know the extent of the damage, but we have seen the photos of the fire posted by first responders on social media and are heartbroken,” he told Wine Spectator, noting that no resort personnel were on-site as of late Monday afternoon.

A representative from Calistoga Ranch could not confirm the extent of loss but confirmed that all guests, owners, and employees were safely evacuated.

The Lawrence Family, owners of Heitz Cellar, announced on Monday night that their recently acquired Burgess Cellars winery on Howell Mountain was destroyed in the fire, although they believe damage to the vineyards was minimal. “We are incredibly grateful that our team members are unharmed,” said Heitz CEO Carlton McCoy Jr. in a statement. “We look forward to rebuilding, but right now we are focused on the safety of our employees as well as our fellow Napa wineries and the community at large during this unpredictable time.” Wine Spectator has a full report.—Aaron Romano

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