Home to artisans, restaurateurs, chefs and farmers, Napa Valley residents are some of the hardest working and most community-minded people on the planet, evidence by the community’s resilience and the fact that wine country has dusted off and is already welcoming visitors with open arms. “The spirit of collaboration to rebuild and reopen is remarkable. Our thoughts remain with those impacted by these wildfires, including the more than 13,000 people whose jobs are supported by the Napa Valley tourism industry,” said Clay Gregory, president and CEO of Visit Napa Valley.
While pockets of devastation exist, particularly on the hills above the valley, most of the valley is as peaceful and picturesque as ever. The fires damaged approximately two dozen wineries in Napa and Sonoma, which means hundreds of wineries, the vast majority, are open for business. Meanwhile, thousands of people in the region – those who make Napa the destination that it is – have lost their homes and, in some cases, their livelihoods. Which is why now is the perfect time to visit…not to mention that weather and vistas are especially gorgeous this time of year. Visitors will experience the full beauty of the valley – golden vineyard hues under deep blue skies – while supporting those who need it most.
The best way to bolster the beloved Napa Valley? Visit Napa Valley, eat and drink in Napa Valley, shop and stay in Napa Valley.
“We are enormously grateful to the first responders, law enforcement personnel, community leaders and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to help our communities,” said Michael Honig, President and CEO of the Napa Valley Vintners. “We are also humbled and honored by the unprecedented outpouring of support and generosity from our friends around the world. Those inquiries, kind words and expressions of compassion helped us to get through this terrible time.”
Stag’s Leap, Schug, Etude, Provenance, Domaine Carneros, and Cunat Family Winery, all in Napa, are among the hundreds of wineries that have remained open. Several local wineries will donate a percentage of their proceeds or tasting room fees to support those most affected in the community. Chimney Rock, has hosted a fire relief fundraiser, while others, such as Beaulieu, will donate a percentage of all online wine sales up to 100,000 for the month of October. For a list of upcoming and ongoing wine country fundraisers to support Fire Relief efforts please go to VisitNapaValley.com: Fire Relief Fundraiser
For an updated list of wineries closed due to damage by the fires, please visit: Napa Valley: Open and Closed
Napa Valley chefs and restaurants have been on the frontline of the North Bay fire for the past two weeks, supporting and feeding evacuees and first responders alike. Some of the valley’s most heralded chefs – Michael Chiarello of Bottega (right), Chris Constention of Acacia, Bob Hurley of Hurley’s (second on right) and others – opened their restaurant doors and/or rolled up their sleeves at command centers to offer thousands of meals for firefighters and National Guard.
Today Napa Valley restaurants are open for business. The Atlas fire came close but spared popular Yountville restaurants such as Bouchon Bistro, Redd, Bistro Jeanty and Bottega. Michelin Star restaurants including The French Laundry, in Yountville, La Toque in Napa, The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, Solbar in Calistoga, The Restaurant at Auberge in Rutherford have all reopened. Napkins Bar and Grill in Napa will donate 10% of all proceeds to the Napa Valley Community Foundation through the end of October.
“Carneros Resort and Spa reopened to guests last Wednesday, October 18, 2017,” says Managing Director Edward Costa. “We have been fortunate that the Resort itself was not damaged by the wildfires. We are humbled by the gracious messages of support we have received from near and far. We extend our deepest appreciation to the brave firefighters, first responders, and community members for their tireless efforts to keep our friends, family, and employees safe.” To welcome visitors back, the Resort will host a Supper Club and the first Carneros Autumn Fest on Friday, November 3. This community-driven event will help raise funds and benefit the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.
Other than the Silverado Resort and Spa (reopens 10/28) and the Trailside Inn (reopens 11/3), hotels and resorts in Napa Valley are open for business as usual.
The Napa Valley Film Festival has announced that the show will go on, November 8–12, 2017. Festival organizers, working with local businesses and the Napa community, are supporting aid efforts to rebuild the region, and 10% of all pass sales will also go to The Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. The festival will feature 120-plus screenings as well as culinary demonstrations by renowned chefs, as well as wine tastings. Special attendees include Will Ferrell, Nancy Meyers, Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg.