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The summer of 2017 was unforgiving in California. More than 70% of Fire claims in the state were due to catastrophe, and severity also increased by 70%. The jump in severity was partly due to the many catastrophe claims that resulted in a total loss, as well as the prevalence of higher-value homes in Napa and Sonoma County. The summer of 2017 was unforgiving in California. More than 70% of fire claims in the state were due to catastrophe, and severity also increased by 70%. The jump in severity was partly due to the many catastrophe claims that resulted in a total loss, as well as the prevalence of higher-value homes in Napa and Sonoma County. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Your treasured winery may be borne of a recent family vision, carefully nurtured to newfound popularity and success, or a coveted legacy, handed down from generations before you, whose brand and reputation are the cornerstones for your corporate mission. Regardless of your roots, threats to your business survival abound, from a variety of human, economic and natural causes.

The recent catastrophic fires in California’s fabled wine country mark the second natural disaster in the past few years, including a magnitude 6.0 earthquake in 2014 causing at least $500 million in economic damage. The impact from the fires is even more significant considering the lost business at wineries, hotels and restaurants: estimates range from $1 Billion to $6 Billion.

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