Northern California Wildfires Have Caused Many Wineries, Venues, Restaurants, Weddings Venues, and Other Local Businesses Immense Damage
The Glass Fire/Napa Area Fire damaged many wineries, Napa wedding venues and local businesses, restaurants, and other hospitality businesses in the area. Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by this devastating natural disaster.
Mountain House Estate is safe from these fires and remains untouched. The surrounding area is unscathed as well, meaning that your wedding day and wedding photography will not be impacted.
What to look out for when Googling Napa Wedding Venues, Bay Area Wedding Venues, Sonoma Wedding Venues
You might consider the Glass Fire and other recent Northern California wildfires when searching for wedding venues. This is because the Glass Fire or other Northern California wildfires that may have occurred near a wedding venue might have burned the area, making for an unsightly backdrop for your wedding. Fires leave scars for years to come and may affect your guest’s experience when driving to your wedding.
The greater Bay Area remains untouched by wildfires, and wedding venues are operating normally, but what if electricity is shut off for safety reasons?
The Bay Area also remains untouched by wildfires, thankfully. But have you thought about what would happen if PG&E shut the power off during your Bay area wedding or Oakland area wedding? If your venue doesn’t have a backup or generator, you’d be completely S.O.L. This applies to Napa and Sonoma wedding venues as well, and all California wedding venues. You should check, does the venue have a generator with an automatic transfer switch? Will it transfer power without having someone around to trigger it? How long will the generator last before needing to be refueled?
Here at Mountain House Estate, we have a massive generator that comes on within seconds of a power outage, automatically, that will power your wedding and party up until the last guest is walking back to their car. It can run for days on end, so we’ve got you covered.
We’re one of the few Sonoma wedding venues that doesn’t receive much smoke from Northern California wildfires.
Another benefit of Mountain House Estate’s location is that we received very little smoke from nearby fires; that’s because we receive a breeze from the coast. Our unique microclimate does have a number of advantages. So while smoke from the Napa, Healdsburg and Santa Rosa fires covered the north bay, we were mostly smoke free. Unfortunately, places like Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Petaluma can become inundated with smoke because of their geography, so keep this in mind when researching Sonoma wedding venues and Napa wedding venues.
A list of wineries, vineyards, wedding venues, and other businesses that were affected, damaged or destroyed by the Glass Fire
We wish to send a heartfelt thank you and wishes for safety and a speedy recovery to all of the wonderful people who worked so hard to make their businesses a special place for everyone. Below is a list of the businesses that were destroyed in the Glass Fire:
- Barnett Vineyards
- Located in the Spring Mountain District of Napa Valley.
- Behrens Family Winery
- It is also located on top of Spring Mountain in Napa Valley.
- Bremer Family Winery
- It is located on the slopes of Howell Mountain, minutes from the Napa Valley’s central stretch.
- Burgess Cellars
- Recently acquired by new owners (less than three weeks before the Glass Fire), but thankfully the vineyard remains untouched. Located in Deer Park, CA (Napa Valley).
- Cain Vineyard and Winery
- Nestled in a bowl overlooking the Napa Valley from the Spring Mountain District’s crest, the fires severely damaged the buildings.
- Calistoga Ranch
- Known for its gorgeous vineyard, hiking trails, swimming pools, wine cave, and ten locations for weddings and events (one of the most famous Napa Valley wedding venues), the Glass Fire sadly destroyed all structures at Calistoga Ranch. The resort plans to rebuild.
- Calistoga Ranch Weddings
- Calistoga Ranch was an award-winning vineyard destination and wedding venue. A wedding here typically would cost $50,000 or more. Our hearts go out to all of those planning Calistoga Ranch weddings, elopements, and other momentous occasions, as it was a genuinely breathtaking destination wedding venue.
- Castello di Amorosa
- It is located in Calistoga, CA (in Napa Valley). Luckily, this “castle-style” building has remained undamaged, although they lost a wine storage building on the property.
- Chateau Boswell
- A Napa Valley winery in St. Helena on Silverado Trail
- Cornell Vineyards
- Located in Sonoma County, owners Henry and Vanessa have remained positively optimistic, but their vineyards were burned due to the Glass Fire.
- Fantesca Estate
- Located in the Spring Mountain District in Napa Valley
- Flying Lady Winery & Estate
- It is located on Spring Mountain in Napa Valley. On their website, they report that they have already begun drafting plans for the new winery and home to be built on their beautiful Spring Mountain.
- Hunnicutt Wines
- Located on the Silverado Trail in St. Helena, CA (Napa Valley)
- Meadowood Resort
- Meadowood Napa Valley was a luxury hotel & resort located near downtown St. Helena (Napa Valley). In addition to this, it’s also one of the most premier Napa Valley destination wedding
- venue and has been damaged due to the Glass Fire. The building that burned also housed The Restaurant at Meadowood – a Michelin Guide 3-Star restaurant specializing in local, sustainable California cuisine.
- Merus Wines
- Located on a historic ranch tucked into a canyon on the east side of St. Helena, in Napa Valley.
- Newton Vineyard
- Located on Spring Mountain in St. Helena (Napa Valley).
- The property is located five miles northwest of St. Helena at the top of Spring Mountain.
- Ritchie Creek Vineyard
- located at the top of Spring Mountain (Napa Valley)
- School House Vineyard
- It is located in the Spring Mountain District (Napa Valley) up a few hundred yards on Langtry Road.
- Sherwin Family Vineyards
- It is located on Spring Mountain Road in St. Helena, CA (Napa Valley). On their website, they mention plans to rebuild the winery.
- Spring Mountain Vineyards
- Located on Spring Mountain Rd in St Helena, CA (Napa Valley)
- Terra Valentine
- Located on Spring Mountain Rd, St Helena, CA (Napa Valley)
- Tuck Beckstoffer Vineyards
- Located on North Fork Crystal Springs Rd in St. Helena, CA (Napa Valley)
- White Sulfur Springs
- A 45-acre retreat site located in St. Helena, CA (Napa Valley)
How will Napa Valley recover from this devastating fire?
Many of these businesses have been inundated by donations, well wishes, and support. Our Northern California community and extended family across the world knows how to come together to support each other in times of need.
What should you do if you were planning to have a Napa Valley destination wedding?
If you’ve already coordinated with your Napa Valley or Sonoma County wedding venue of choice, the option is ultimately up to you. While some wine country areas may take years to rebuild, others may open more quickly. If you want to get married within the next few years, we recommend looking at other wedding or elopement venues in Northern California’s wine country. It’s been such a rough year for everyone, and we are so sorry for the additional stress this has caused your wedding plans. We’re here to support you in any way we can.