Cost of a Quake for Wine Country: $1 billion?
The August 24 earthquake that hit northern California caused damages and injuries that may cost Napa Valley as much as $1 billion overall — but the cost to the region’s wineries may well be incalculable.
Napa Valley produces 17% of the nation’s wine, and is home to many prized vintages — which were claimed by the 6.0 quake, impossible to replace.
Other staggering losses:
There is one bit of good news amid all the quake damage, though: the grapes for this year’s bottles remained on the vines, ensuring 2014 won’t be a scarce year, known as a rare vintage, in the future!