Wine trade rallies to help wineries hit by wildfires in California

Julie Sheppard

Julie Sheppard

13 October 2017

As reports continue of the devastating effects of the wildfires in California's wine regions, the UK trade has come together to raise money for the relief effort. At least 31 people have been killed in the fires, with more than half the deaths reported in Sonoma County. Over 75,000 hectares of land in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino have been damaged by the fires.

Roberson Wine has joined forces with Liberty Wines, Wine Source, Boutinot, Wine Treasury, Vineyard Cellars and Jackson Family Estate, to raise £10,000 for those wineries effected by the fires. You can donate now through JustGiving. The money will be donated to two relief funds: the Napa Valley Community Foundation and the Sonoma County Resilience Fund.

Roberson Wine will also be making a significant donation from the proceeds of its California wine sales in October. 'At Roberson Wine we take pride in our eclectic producers. To us they are friends – individuals (not companies or corporations) – who produce wines filled with their own personalities, quirks and passions. We want to do as much as we can to help them, their employees and their families,' said a statement from the importer.

Napa Valley Vintners has confirmed that at least five of its wineries have suffered total or very significant losses in the fire, with at least 11 other wineries reporting damage to their winery, outbuildings or vineyards.

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