Constellation Brands Shuts Napa Wine Tasting Rooms as Fires RageBy
Wildfires burning in Northern California are threatening the region’s most famed product: wine.
Constellation Brands Inc., the largest wine company in the U.S., said it closed its tasting rooms in Napa Valley and Sonoma, about 50 miles north of San Francisco. The Victor, New York-based company operates 18 different wineries, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois and Meiomi. Its brands largely use grapes grown in the Napa, Sonoma, Monterey and San Joaquin regions of California.
“We’re working to ensure all local employees are accounted for and safe, and to assess any potential impacts to our facilities,” said Amy Federman, a spokeswoman, in a statement.