Sonoma County Wildfires – Fast Facts
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the North Bay wildfires, there will undoubtedly be questions and stories told about this event. Below are a few fast facts about how the wine and grape industries in Sonoma County were effected and our response:
- The size of Sonoma County is over 1 million acres. Less than 6% (62,000+ acres) of Sonoma County’s acres are planted to grapes.
- Less than 1% of Sonoma County’s vineyard acres were impacted by the fires.
- Grapevines are resilient and acted as a natural firebreak, not only surviving, but helping to slow and stop the spread of wildfires.
- Warm weather in late August and early September 2017 combined with heat spikes led to a quickened harvest resulting in over 90 percent of the grapes being harvested prior to the fires.
- Vintners expect the 2017 vintage to be the same world-class wines from Sonoma County that people have come to know and love.
- The Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation raised over $1 million and to-date has supported over 200 agriculture employees and their families who were impacted by the wildfires
- $2.5 million was raised at the 2018 Sonoma County Wine Auction to support housing solutions in Sonoma County for those who lost their homes in the October wildfires