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How Napa Valley is Faring Following Yesterday's Earthquake

August 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: Robert Mondavi in Napa, which was not damaged

At 3:20am PST on Sunday, a 6.1 earthquake shook the earth 6 miles from Napa, in the heart of California's heavily touristed wine country. Now dubbed the "South Napa Earthquake," the event did cause damage enough to interrupt businesses and tourism, but operations are quickly returning to normal, despite broken wine bottles and power outages.

CNN named a few wineries which felt the shake quite severely: Silver Oak Winery, Etude Wines, and Signorello Estate.

The Downtown Napa tourism board issued an update on the hotels unaffected by the quake:

Several structures in the City of Napa, many of historic nature, received slight structural damage. For travelers coming to the City of Napa, the following major properties are open and operating as normal: Inn on First, Inn on Randolph, Napa River Inn and The Meritage Resort and Spa. Other properties are working to assess any damage and make immediate repairs as needed.

North of Napa proper, such as in Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga, the damage is little to none, and both winery and hotel operations are nearly normal. Some employees of these businesses have been effected, however, so it would be wise to call ahead and ensure all is well in your destination.

Since some business has been lost by tourists canceling or postponing their visits during this, the high season, the quickest way to help the Napa area's economy is by—you guessed it—taking a drive up there and spending money on all the food and wine that successfully weathered the quake.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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