The Chateau Boswell Winery was photographed completely engulfed by the Glass Fire, which started in Napa Valley early Sunday — and spread to cover 11,000 acres (17 square miles) within a day, with thousands ordered to evacuate.
Both the estate and the castle-inspired buildings were damaged in the 40-year-old family-run winery famed for its Cabernet Sauvignons, SFGate said.
But it is unlikely to be the only one destroyed as the fire spread from Napa Valley to neighboring Sonoma — with at least 64 wineries in danger in the evacuation area by Monday morning, the outlet said.
“It’s a cremation,” Craig Battuello, whose family started its first vineyard in 1909, told KPIX of the St. Helena region.
As the Glass Fire continued to spread Monday — with fire officials admitting none of it had yet been successfully contained — winemakers were forced into a waiting game to know the real devastation.
”It’s hard to say what the true damage is,” Hourglass winemaker Anthony Biagi told Wine Spectator magazine.
“The fire burned through our Blueline vineyard adjacent to Calistoga Ranch,” he said, adding he has to assume property will be destroyed — while hoping that wine in barrels in caves will be safe.
“The upper eastern Napa Valley got hammered,” he told the magazine.
Another local winemaker recalled the “brutal” and “relentless” night as many in the region were forced to evacuate in the middle of the night.
Duckhorn Vineyards — a neighbor of the destroyed Chateau Boswell — praised the “heroic efforts of fire crews” for making sure it was “still standing” Monday morning.
It was “quite a battlefield, but we made it through,” the vineyard’s executive vice president Carol Reber told Wine Spectator.
Tuck Beckstoffer said he “saved the winery” in his self-titled St. Helena vineyard, “but everything else was lost.”
Hotels beloved by those on tasting trips to arguably the most famous wine-growing regions in the US were also destroyed, with St. Helena’s Black Rock Inn filmed fully engulfed.
The wine country inferno began with the Glass Fire at 3:50 a.m. Sunday and two subsequent fires merged with it, burning 17 square miles as of early Monday, according to Cal Fire. More than 8,500 homes and other buildings were threatened. It was not clear what started it.
The wine country has been scarred by terrible fires in recent years, including the 2017 Tubbs Fire that killed 22 people and destroyed more than 5,600 homes and other buildings.
With Post wires