United States: California’s Wine Country Mostly Unaffected by Earthquake

Travel Advisory

Most wineries and other businesses in the California Wine Country are open following a 6.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred 6 miles from downtown Napa on 24 August 2014. A few hotels, however, are temporarily closed.


Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyard is in the Carneros wine region of Sonoma County, California.. Photo Credit: Sonoma Tourism.

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocked earthquake prone Northern California at 3.20 am on 24 August 2014.

Several structures in downtown Napa, which sits at the heart of the California Wine Country, were significantly damaged.

But the regions around Napa where most of the wineries are located – Calistoga, St. Helena, and Yountville – were not significantly affected in terms of structural damage.

The overwhelming majority of the 143 hotels, motels resorts, guest houses, and bed and breakfasts in Napa Valley are open for business. A handful, however, suffered damage and have been closed while repairs are carried out.

Sonoma County

Most businesses in neighbouring Sonoma County – another important California wine growing region – are also open for business following the 24 August earthquake.

“We are very fortunate that the quake was short lived and the damage was minimal here,” says Ken Fischang, President and CEO of Sonoma County Tourism, the official destination marketing organisation for Sonoma County.

“Sonoma County is open to receiving visitors, from the rolling vineyards to the towering redwood forests and out to the Pacific Ocean beaches.”

The quake was also felt in Mendocino County, another important California wine producing region, but no damage or injuries were reported. San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, and other nearby cities were also largely unaffected



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