In recent years many wineries have experienced losses due to smoke taint. While they maintained both crop insurance and stock insurance coverage, some losses were not covered by either policy due to the inability prove where the damage took place, on or off vine, to the satisfaction of insurance carriers. California is the fourth largest producer of wine in the world. The other three are France, Spain, and Italy. The loss due to these fires is staggeting.
Without adequate proof of where exactly the smoke damage took place, there is a risk that both carriers may fully deny coverage.
With harvest and fire season upon us we have consulted with insurance carriers and recommend these steps to reduce your risk of uninsured losses: