Napa Fires

and how to help

In early October 2017, only two weeks after V is for Vino filmed in the Napa Valley, 250 wildfires devastated over 210,000 acres of land and displaced 90,000 people from their homes. 44 people lost their lives.

One of the vineyard affected was White Rock Vineyards, where we filmed our V is for Vino Napa episode.  I had a chance to meet a few members of the Vandendriessche family, who have owned the property for 40 years: they are hard working, generous, and kind. Thankfully, they were able to evacuate and escape harm. Their vineyards and property however, suffered serious damage. They released the following statement: 

Oct 13, 2017

Dear Friends,

Greetings from our somewhat charred, but stalwart White Rock estate.  As you may have heard, wine country awoke late Sunday night to fast moving wildfires which raged throughout Monday and unfortunately continue as we speak today. We are grateful to report that all of us at White Rock, our family, many chickens, sheep and vineyard dogs, evacuated safely.

Today, as we begin to assess the full impact to our home and historic estate, we reflect on all that we have been blessed with and all that we have to build our future on: 40 year old vines that our sons cultivated from their initial planting to their harvest just week’s ago, an underground winery and cave system that has produced and provided sanctuary to vintages both past and present, our offsite storage of bottled wine that remains unaffected, and the many relationships we have developed and cherished over the years.

With all that has occurred these past days, we find ourselves overwhelmed by the outpouring of support we have received from our many friends, partners, neighbors and a community of wine lovers. As we don gloves, masks and brooms to begin the cleanup of our home and community we pause to reflect upon the beauty and at times fragility of wine country and wish to thank you for your support.

We greatly appreciate your generous offerings of assistance and continued thoughts as our estate and community rebuilds. While we are no longer picking, neither the estate nor the vintage is lost and we continue to make wine every day and encourage you to join us in raising a glass to another forty years at White Rock Vineyards.

With heartfelt thanks,
Henri, Claire, Christopher & Michael Vandendriessche

To support the Vandendriessche family in doing what they do best, CLICK HERE to purchase White Rock Vineyards wines. 

And if you would like to donate to causes and families affected by the fires, CLICK HERE.