Flames consume decades-old Napa Valley wineries, other properties sustain heavy damage

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At least two wineries, both several decades old, and a small bed and breakfast have suffered major damage in the Glass Fire.

Others have lost whole buildings and offices.

KCBS Radio's Tim Ryan and Jeffrey Schaub surveyed damage Monday afternoon at the luxurious Meadowood Napa Valley, both saying it suffered "a lot of fire damage." However, the heart of the resort, including the spa, clubhouse and tennis courts, are still standing. Other parts of the property have suffered damage.

A portion of the five-star Meadowood resort burns.
A portion of the five-star Meadowood resort burns. Photo credit Jeffrey Schaub/KCBS Radio

Firefighters estimated 50% of the renowned property was destroyed.

Reports also indicate Calistoga Ranch has sustained extensive damage, but those have not yet been confirmed.

We've learned the well-known Chateau Boswell winery in St. Helena has been destroyed by flames. Word of the winery’s destruction was first reported by Justin Sullivan of Getty Images, who captured captivating images of the property’s demise as it was happening Sunday.

The steeple at Chateau Boswell Winery burns as the Glass Fire moves through the area on September 27, 2020 in St. Helena, California.
The steeple at Chateau Boswell Winery burns as the Glass Fire moves through the area on September 27, 2020 in St. Helena, California. Photo credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Chateau Bowell was founded in 1979.

The winery's website said it is "among a handful of privately-owned family wineries amidst the 554 wineries in the Napa Valley today." It’s known worldwide for its castle-like buildings and sprawling estate.

Ryan photographed this destroyed structure at the Fairwinds Estate Winery in Calistoga early Monday, a location founded by two Silicon Valley engineers in 1969.

Flames consumed at least this building at Fairwinds Estate Winery in Calistoga.
Flames consumed at least this building at Fairwinds Estate Winery in Calistoga. Photo credit Tim Ryan/KCBS Radio

According to the winery’s website, the property produces "elegant Cabernets, well-balanced Chardonnays and other unique varietals" and is currently owned by two San Francisco entrepreneurs, who purchased the winery in 2015.

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that "one of the main buildings at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, among the valley’s most popular tourist destinations, was burned by the Glass Fire." The building contained all of the company’s bottled wine, tanks and some offices.

The nearby luxury bed and breakfast Black Rock Inn on the Silverado Trail in St. Helena was completely destroyed.

St. Helena's Black Rock Inn in ruins after the Glass Fire swept through late Sunday.
St. Helena's Black Rock Inn in ruins after the Glass Fire swept through late Sunday. Photo credit Tim Ryan/KCBS Radio

Several other wineries and resorts are located along the Silverado Trail.

There's no word on damage to those properties at this time.

The fire has grown to 11,000 acres and 0% contained, according to the latest CAL FIRE numbers released early Monday.

The Glass Fire is one of several burning in the North Bay at this time. It started at about 4 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of North Fork Crystal Springs Rd. in Deer Park, eventually forcing evacuations in Angwin, Deer Park and portions of Calistoga and Santa Rosa.