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What is Napa Green?

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.

Napa Green Fast Facts

What's the difference between the Land and Winery programs?

Napa Green Land

Land owners in the Napa Green Certified Land program assess all aspects of their property including farming practices, roads and waterways. Following an evaluation, land owners implement measures to retain soils and prevent erosion, identify and reduce harmful inputs and runoff, conserve water resources and restore wildlife habitats to protect biodiversity.

Land owners and managers ensure the health and vitality of their piece of Napa Valley's ecosystem by developing a customized farm conservation plan. By implementing best practices across an entire property, Napa Green Land takes a holistic approach to sustainability.

Farm plans are facilitated and audited by the Fish Friendly Farming and LandSmart programs.

Napa Green Winery

The Napa Green Winery program supports and sustains the long-term perspective of the land program, with a focus on crafting quality wines while conserving water and energy and reducing waste.

The program facilitates an integrated assessment of the wine production process by evaluating the various resources it takes to produce and distribute wine. Napa Green wineries implement 100+ measures that go beyond compliance to conserve resources, prevent waste and enhance the efficiency of their operations – all while engaging employees on the path to winery sustainability.

Wineries are certified by the Napa County Department of Public Works and the California Green Business Program.

Some of the most commonly asked questions about Napa Green, answered:

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.

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IMAGE: Napa Green Sign and Vineyard
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IMAGE: Napa Green Vineyards and Open-Space
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IMAGE: Open-Space and Vineyards Meet
IMAGE: Napa Green Land and Winery wooden signs
IMAGE: View in a fermentation room
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IMAGE: Cellar workers removing must from a fermentation tank
IMAGE: Harvesting Chardonnay grapes
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IMAGE: The Napa River meanders through downtown Napa Valley
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IMAGE: Owl boxes in the vineyard help support integrated pest management practices.

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IMAGE: Reusable plastic pallets in a Napa Green Winery.

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IMAGE: A Gyr-Prairie falcon kept to help to combat non-native berry-eating birds in the vineyard.
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IMAGE: Vineyard bird boxes help support native birds and keep the ecosystem in balance.

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IMAGE: Vineyard visitors learn about land management practices that protect the Napa Valley watershed.

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IMAGE: Energy efficient lighting fills wine caves at Chateau Boswell.

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IMAGE: Insectary plantings can help control pests and support bee populations.

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IMAGE: Solar arrays in a Napa Valley vineyard.

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IMAGE: Visitors to the Napa Valley paddle on the Napa River.

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I applaud all vineyards and wineries that achieve Napa Green certification for their commitment to conservation and care for our community.

Brad Wagenknecht, Napa County Supervisor