Kunde, Vintage Wine Estates sue insurance carriers for $19 million

Dec 9, 2019

(SonomaNews) - Seeking compensation from its insurance carriers for smoke-tainted wine damaged by smoke in the October, 2017 fires, Kunde Enterprises and Vintage Wine Estates filed a $19 million lawsuit in Sonoma County this fall, and will go before a court in January, according to court documents.

“We’re not going to let the insurance companies push us around,” said Pat Roney, CEO and founding partner of Vintage Wine Estates in Santa Rosa. Roney is also a personal shareholder in Kunde.

Smoke filled the air during the 2017 fires and permeated fermenting wine at Kunde and some of Vintage’s properties in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, Roney said.

Kunde is seeking $7 million and Vintage is seeking $12 million.

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