Napa Green is a comprehensive environmental certification program for vineyards and wineries in the Napa Valley. The program represents a soil-to-bottle approach to environmental stewardship and winemaking, integrating holistic management practices at every step of the process. Independent, third-party certification of farms and winemaking facilities makes Napa Green one of the most comprehensive environmental accreditations the wine industry offers.
How was Napa Green created?
The Napa Green Land program was first formed in the early 2000s. The program was a collaboration between vintners, growers, environmental groups and regulators as a way to go above and beyond existing environmental regulations and to have a meaningful impact on the health and sustainability of the Napa River watershed. Since the first property certification in 2004, more than 40% of all the vineyard land in Napa County is now certified. The Napa Green Winery program was developed in 2008 to further apply the principles of sustainability, this time throughout the winemaking process. More than 7 million cases of wine are produced from Napa Green wineries annually.
How does Napa Green compare to other certifications?
We applaud all efforts and initiatives to improve sustainability in the wine industry. Napa Green sets itself apart by requiring that participants in the Land program apply best management practices to their whole property, not just its vineyards. Sediment that can impair fish habitat is derived from many sources of a land parcel – not just a vineyard. Napa Green Land looks at a property holistically and applies integrated management solutions throughout.
To become Napa Green Winery certified, vintners must not only assess cellar operations and implement practices to conserve resources, but also create an action plan for continuous improvement. To actively reduce resource use, wineries participate in comprehensive water and energy use audits along with a waste diversion assessment. Finally, before a winery achieves certification, its operations are evaluated for environmental compliance with Napa County codes – providing peace of mind to vintners and the community.
Both the Napa Green Land and Winery programs are certified by independent, third-party auditors.
Does the Napa Green program belong to the Napa Valley Vintners?
The Napa Green program is a collaboration between all the program stakeholders. As a stakeholder, the Napa Valley Vintners actively promotes and champions the program, devoting resources to ensure the program continues to grow and its accomplishments are celebrated.
What does the Napa Valley Vintners' 2020 certification goal mean?
Building on a history of leadership and conservation and to further raise awareness about the benefits of Napa Green, the Napa Valley Vintners has set a goal that all of its eligible members will be in the Napa Green program by the end of 2020. As of early 2016, more than 125 members are certified in one of the two programs and more than 30 wineries have dual certification.