Sonoma County’s wineshops will close on July 15, officials said Monday, as the vineyards that once produced about 40,000 barrels a year dwindle.
Sonoma County Wine & Spirits announced the closure Monday morning in a notice to owners and retailers in the wine industry.
The closures will include all Sonoma-area wineries, including Sonoma Valley and Sonoma and Napa Valley.
A spokesperson for Sonoma’s Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services said the county’s wines have lost nearly 30% of their capacity since last fall.
The wine industry is one of the fastest-growing in the state, said David O’Connell, Sonoma county’s commissioner of the wine commission.
Wine sales have grown 7% to $2.3 billion in the past 12 months, according to a recent analysis from WineMetric.
But wineries are struggling to stay afloat as demand from younger consumers, like millennials, has outpaced supply.
The county has more than a dozen wineries with annual sales between $200,000 and $1 million, O’Connor said.
The vineyards are in decline, said Mike Glynn, executive director of the Napa County Growers Association, a group that represents wine growers.
There is a lot of concern about what’s happening to the vineyard and the winery.
“More than 40,500 barrels a day have been sold since August.
Winegrowers are planning a “wine day” on Saturday, he said.
The group will offer wine tasting and tours at several wineries.