SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – Napa Valley wineries are starting to re-open after an earthquake on Sunday caused millions of dollars in damage, and the wine country was hit hard.
“This happened at a really bad time for the people in Napa, because there’s not really any time to do anything about it. The harvest has already started, grapes have already been spoken for,” explains winemaker, Justin Osborne.
Osborne is a winemaker for Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery in Spring Valley MN. He’s putting the earthquake damage in Napa Valley in perspective, explaining the damage many wineries saw.
“I think a majority of the damage in Napa came from bottles that were probably stored up-right on a shelf and fell off, also barrels stored on racks several barrels high that tipped over,” he says.
Napa Valley is known for producing some of the most high-end wines in California, meaning some of the barrels lost are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Will the damage cause wine prices to shoot up? Osborne doesn’t think so. He says the area has seen good harvests the past few years, and there is plenty of product left to go around.
Four Daughters does get grapes from the Napa Valley area, luckily though the earthquake did not affect the price of the grapes this year. Osborne said if it would have happened about a month earlier, it might have been a different story.
The loss of wine in California won’t likely cause a higher demand for Minnesota wine, but business at Four Daughters is booming.
Osborne tells us they’re expecting to make ten times the volume this year, than they did last year.