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Tech: A popular Napa winery was reduced to rubble by the fires ravaging California wine country — here are the photos

Tech A popular Napa winery was reduced to rubble by the fires ravaging California wine country — here are the photos

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At the Signorello Estate winery in Napa, California, a sign said "open" on Tuesday. Behind the gate, the family-run winery had been reduced to rubble and ash.

A before-and-after photo shows how Signorello Estate winery has been devastated by fires.play

A before-and-after photo shows how Signorello Estate winery has been devastated by fires.

(Business Insider)
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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.

Established in 1977, Signorello Estate winery sits high in the hills off the Silverado Trail.play

Established in 1977, Signorello Estate winery sits high in the hills off the Silverado Trail.

(Signorello Estate)

One of the few family owned wineries in Napa, Signorello is known for its wine and food pairings and gorgeous hillside views.

One of the few family owned wineries in Napa, Signorello is known for its wine and food pairings and gorgeous hillside views.play

One of the few family owned wineries in Napa, Signorello is known for its wine and food pairings and gorgeous hillside views.

(Signorello Estate)

Early Monday, the Atlas Peak fire climbed the ivy-covered walls of the winery, sparking the surrounding landscape before finally swallowing the main building.

Flames from a wildfire burn in Napa, California, on Monday, October 9, 2017.play

Flames from a wildfire burn in Napa, California, on Monday, October 9, 2017.

(Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

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.

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.play

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.

(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.

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.play

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.

(David McNew/Getty Images)

The main building has been leveled, leaving behind metal framing and pieces of foundation.

The main building has been leveled, leaving behind metal framing and pieces of foundation.play

The main building has been leveled, leaving behind metal framing and pieces of foundation.

(Eric Risberg/Associated Press)

A photo taken before the fire shows the Signorello Estate's patio for wine club members, which looked out over an infinity pool and featured sweeping views of the valley.

A photo taken before the fire shows the Signorello Estate's patio for wine club members, which looked out over an infinity pool and featured sweeping views of the valley.play

A photo taken before the fire shows the Signorello Estate's patio for wine club members, which looked out over an infinity pool and featured sweeping views of the valley.

(Signorello Estate)

All that remains of the patio are pillars.

All that remains of the patio are pillars.play

All that remains of the patio are pillars.

(Eric Risberg/Associated Press)

Here's what the entrance to the property looked like before the flames arrived.

Here's what the entrance to the property looked like before the flames arrived.play

Here's what the entrance to the property looked like before the flames arrived.

(Signorello Estate)

Burned pieces of the stone wall still stand.

Burned pieces of the stone wall still stand.play

Burned pieces of the stone wall still stand.

(David McNew/Getty Images)

But it's nearly unrecognizable.

The entrance to the fire-ravaged Signorello Estate winery is seen Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Napa, Calif.play

The entrance to the fire-ravaged Signorello Estate winery is seen Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Napa, Calif.

(Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

A photo taken inside a tasting room at the winery shows a circular window.

A photo taken inside a tasting room at the winery shows a circular window.play

A photo taken inside a tasting room at the winery shows a circular window.

(Signorello Estate)

Looking in through the window, it appears the tasting room has been reduced to rubble.

Looking in through the window, it appears the tasting room has been reduced to rubble.play

Looking in through the window, it appears the tasting room has been reduced to rubble.

(Eric Risberg/Associated Press)

The infinity pool was one of the estate's main attractions.

The infinity pool was one of the estate's main attractions.play

The infinity pool was one of the estate's main attractions.

(Signorello Estate)

Today, it looks like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie.

Today, it looks like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie.play

Today, it looks like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie.

(Eric Risberg/Associated Press)

Winemaker Pierre Birebent and a few vineyard workers arrived at the Signorello Estate as the fire began. They did their best to water the surrounding landscape and dampen the blaze, but the creeping flames forced them to push back and watch from the perimeter.

Winemaker Pierre Birebent and a few vineyard workers arrived at the Signorello Estate as the fire began. They did their best to water the surrounding landscape and dampen the blaze, but the creeping flames forced them to push back and watch from the perimeter.play

Winemaker Pierre Birebent and a few vineyard workers arrived at the Signorello Estate as the fire began. They did their best to water the surrounding landscape and dampen the blaze, but the creeping flames forced them to push back and watch from the perimeter.

(David McNew/Getty Images)

In a Facebook post, Signorello wrote that the 2015 vintage of red wines and 2016 vintage of white wines were stored off site at the time and were not harmed in the fire.

In a Facebook post, Signorello wrote that the 2015 vintage of red wines and 2016 vintage of white wines were stored off site at the time and were not harmed in the fire.play

In a Facebook post, Signorello wrote that the 2015 vintage of red wines and 2016 vintage of white wines were stored off site at the time and were not harmed in the fire.

(Eric Risberg/Associated Press)

The tank area — used for fermenting wine — escaped a considerable amount of damage, but Birebent said that he has yet to assess the stored wine for heat damage.

The tank area — used for fermenting wine — escaped a considerable amount of damage, but Birebent said that he has yet to assess the stored wine for heat damage.play

The tank area — used for fermenting wine — escaped a considerable amount of damage, but Birebent said that he has yet to assess the stored wine for heat damage.

(Eric Risberg/Associated Press)

Bottles of wine on site were also destroyed.

Bottles of wine on site were also destroyed.play

Bottles of wine on site were also destroyed.

(Eric Risberg/Associated Press)

A spokesperson for Signorello Estate told Business Insider that, luckily, the vineyards escaped damage. The winery does not expect to lose next year's vintage wines.

A spokesperson for Signorello Estate told Business Insider that, luckily, the vineyards escaped damage. The winery does not expect to lose next year's vintage wines.play

A spokesperson for Signorello Estate told Business Insider that, luckily, the vineyards escaped damage. The winery does not expect to lose next year's vintage wines.

(Signorello Estate)

Signorello Estate is among at least five wineries that sustained damage in the fires. With the blaze still burning, many winemakers have been unable to return to their properties.

Signorello Estate is among at least five wineries that sustained damage in the fires. With the blaze still burning, many winemakers have been unable to return to their properties.play

Signorello Estate is among at least five wineries that sustained damage in the fires. With the blaze still burning, many winemakers have been unable to return to their properties.

(David McNew/Getty Images)

"We are eventually going to rebuild and are hopeful for the future," Birebent told Business Insider.

"We are eventually going to rebuild and are hopeful for the future," Birebent told Business Insider.play

"We are eventually going to rebuild and are hopeful for the future," Birebent told Business Insider.

(Eric Risberg/Associated Press)
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