At the Signorello Estate winery in Napa, California, a sign said “open” on Tuesday. But behind the gate, the 40-year-old, family-run winery had been reduced to rubble and ash.
Massive wildfires scorched Northern California wine country early this week, destroying more than 2,000 homes, buildings, and other structures. Hot, dry winds spread the flames across fields and freeways in the counties of Napa, Sonoma, and six others. At least 17 people are dead in one of the worst firestorms in state history.
Signorello Estate was among the wineries burned in the blaze. These photos of the fire-ravaged winery give us a glimpse of the devastation in wine country.
Established in 1977, Signorello Estate winery sits high in the hills off the Silverado Trail.
One of the few family owned wineries in Napa, Signorello is known for its wine and food pairings and gorgeous hillside views.
Early Monday, the Atlas Peak fire climbed the ivy-covered walls of the winery, sparking the surrounding landscape before finally swallowing the main building.
Ronald Plunkett, the estate sommelier, posted a photo on Facebook that showed the winery engulfed in flames. “I can’t even put into words the devastation I am feeling,” he wrote on Facebook.
“This is Signorello Estate the place I have called home for over two years,” Plunkett wrote.
Owner Ray Signorello was away on a trip when the fire hit. He returned to the property to find it destroyed on Wednesday morning, a winery spokesperson told Business Insider.
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The main building has been leveled, leaving behind metal framing and pieces of foundation.