NAPA GREEN NEWS

Hello Napa Green Community,

As we close out another eventful year, I’m reflecting on all I have to be grateful for, including our team, members and community. Thank you for joining us at the RISE Symposium and other workshops and events, for getting certified or re-certified, and for championing the Six Pillars of Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership.

This past month has been a whirlwind, as we announced our industry-leading herbicide phaseout. We’ve received significant media and consumer support, including this Wine Enthusiast coverage, “Why Napa Green’s Glyphosate Ban is Such a Big Deal.” 

Nikki Silvestri of Soil and Shadow led a transformative Implicit Bias Training at Dominus Estate on Nov. 30. We had a Town Hall at St. Supéry Estate on Dec. 7 and over 70 growers, vintners and other community members joined us to learn more about the Napa Green program evolution, including the herbicide phaseout initiative. Thank You to Dominus and St. Supéry for hosting these events, and to special guests Ivo Jeramaz (Grgich Hills), Ashley Anderson-Bennett (Cain), and Erik Dodd (Wight Vineyard Management) for sharing your insights on herbicide-free vineyard management.

Much of the content of this newsletter is related to financial resources that could help support your 2024 sustainability and climate action goals. Together, we’re looking forward to continuing to accelerate action and impact in the new year.

Cheers, Salud, Santé! May the holidays and new year be filled with Peace, Joy and Love.

Anna Brittain, Executive Director

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR NAPA GREEN MATCHING GRANTS – DUE FEB. 2

As a part of the RISE Climate & Wine Symposium in April 2023, Napa Green partnered with three champion members (Spottswoode, Chimney Rock, and Boisset Collection) to host a series of fundraising dinners to support regional industry sustainability and climate action. In total, these dinners raised over $60,000 to provide small matching grants for growers and vintners with the greatest financial need to implement impactful sustainability and climate action projects.

  • Maximum award amount is $6,000. Grant proposals of between $1,000 and $6,000 will be accepted. 
  • Successful proposals must include an applicant cost match of at least 33% of the total award amount.
  • Applicants must be certified as Napa Green Vineyard and/or Napa Green Winery, or at the Action Plan stage of the certification process.
  • Projects will be evaluated by the degree that they advance Napa Green’s Mission and make a positive impact across one or more of the Six Pillars of Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership.
  • Round I Deadline – February 2, 2024

Potential Project Examples

  • Purchasing equipment/tools to reduce/eliminate herbicide use
  • Utilizing burn services that reduce air pollution and emissions and generate a co-benefit of biochar (e.g., NapaChar, The Clean Burn Company)
  • Shifting to a lighter-weight glass (must be minimum 100g lighter than existing glass)
  • Implementing equipment/technology innovations that dramatically improve efficiency (e.g., waste heat capture for water heating)

*Note: We also have $300 available per Vineyard member to support soil sampling analysis.

See the full GRANT GUIDELINES HERE, and apply via this GOOGLE FORM by FEBRUARY 2, 2024.

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$$$ -- SWEEP | HEALTHY SOILS | EQUIPMENT UPGRADES

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has opened another round of SWEEP grants to support water efficiency and GHG reduction. SWEEP can help fund the purchase of flow meters, Variable Frequency Drives, and tools like Tule Technologies to more precisely target the timing and amount of irrigation. Applications are due January 26, 2024 and must include a pump efficiency test. The Napa Green team can help support your SWEEP application and organizing a pump efficiency test. Email vineyard@napagreen.org

CDFA will be opening another round of Healthy Soils funding funding on January 8 to support compost application, expansion of cover crops, etc. Note that in most cases you can’t apply if the proposed practices have already been implemented on the acreage within three years. This will be a brief window, with applications due by January 26, 2024.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced a new round of incentives for emissions-reducing vehicle and equipment upgrades, including agricultural equipment, and supporting infrastructure. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis so it’s important to apply ASAP. The final deadline is March 28, 2024.

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 11 | 1-3 pm – Weather Whiplash: Let’s Talk 2023 Vintage

Please join us for a special salon conversation, moderated by Andrea Robinson MS., Cathy Corison, Owner & Winemaker at Corison, Matt Brain, Winemaker at Alpha Omega, and Morgan Twain-Peterson MW, Owner & Winemaker at Bedrock Wine Co. will join in conversation around navigating and adapting to climate extremes and weather weirding from one year to the next, with a focus on the 2023 vintage. Guests will get to try a few samples of the 2023 vintage. 

Location: Alpha Omega

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/weather-whiplash-lets-talk-2023-vintage-tickets-759886630367 

February 15 | 9 am-1 pm – Weed Management Equipment & Tools

Learn from Inglenook, Grgich and other growers, and dealers from Clemens, Gramegna and Fischer, about equipment and tools being used for herbicide-free and organic weed management. See tools in action and ask questions.

Location: Inglenook

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/weed-management-equipment-tools-grazing-tickets-750840643577 

February 28 (Date tentative) – Grazing for Vineyard Health and Fire Resilience

We are partnering with the Napa Valley Grapegrowers to host a grazing workshop in February. Stay tuned for more details on our Events page: https://napagreen.org/events-workshops/ 

WE NEED YOU! TO PUT THE LOGO ON YOUR LABEL

Study after study shows the majority of consumers want to support values-driven businesses, but they need to be able to quickly identify third-party certified sustainable products. Leverage your leading sustainable winegrowing certification, build consumer loyalty, tell new feel-good stories, and help us achieve the goal of Napa Green logos on two million labels by 2025!

Did you know: The NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business releases an annual “Sustainable Market Share Index” based on a review of >70,000 CPG (consumer packaged goods) SKUs across 36 categories. The 2022 report showed products marketed as sustainable grew ~2x faster than conventional counterparts, with a 5-YR CAGR of 9.4% vs. 5% for non-sustainable. Sustainability-marketed branded products had a price premium of 27.6%.

The logo use guidelines and applications are available here: https://napagreen.org/member-resources/

NEW STEWARDSHIP SPONSOR

We are excited to announce a new Napa Green Stewardship Sponsor, Verallia. Verallia joined us at this year’s RISE Climate & Wine Symposium, and is deeply committed to both reducing their own manufacturing emissions, and working with clients to maximize glass packaging sustainability and elegance. We look forward to more collaboration with them on glass-light-weighting and other circular economy initiatives. 

If you are interested in being a Napa Green sponsor, please see our Sponsorship Deck.

Napa Green Sponsors

Napa Green is grateful to our sponsors, who help fund our expanding operations and programs. If you are interested in becoming a Napa Green Sponsor please reach out to Napa Green Executive Director, Anna Brittain.

Seeking third party auditors! Email sierra@napagreen.org for full details!
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Have you been to Napa Green Certified @boeschenvineyards yet?
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Team Green outing today at the stunning @boeschenvineyards as we celebrate big things that we can’t wait to share with you! 🌿
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One of the main resistances to phasing out glyphosate is increased labor and equipment costs. However, the costs of herbicides and fertilizers have risen dramatically, so increased labor demands can be offset by reduced supply chain purchases. 

In addition, leaders like Grgich Hills Estate have shown that regenerative organic farming can be cost-effective. According to an analysis by Brotemarkle Davis & Co. LLP accounting firm, the average annual per acre cost of vineyard management in the Napa Valley is $14,800, with $3,800 in depreciation. At Grgich, they spend $11,000 per acre, with only $1,300 in depreciation due to the longer life of their vineyards. 

Learn from regional leaders about the practical costs, benefits, and ROI of herbicide-free, organic, and regenerative vineyard management.

Confirmed Speakers:
• Ivo Jeramaz, Grgich Hills
• Phil Coturri, Enterprise Vineyard Management & Winery Sixteen 600
• Brad Kurtz, Gloria Ferrer
• Brenae Royal, St. Supery
• Rebekah Wineburg, Quintessa

Register at the link in our bio.
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“Storytelling is key… and sustainability is the most important topic in wine.”

Thank you @elinmccoy for an incredible and insightful conversation with @napagreen members about the stories most likely to capture journalists attention.
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Thank you to all who attended our Future of Water Workshop yesterday at Napa Green Certified @silveroakcellars! 

Stay tuned for more from our luminary speakers @mimicasteel, @todmostero, @petergleick & our own @abrittain.
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Join us for a special roundtable workshop with award-winning journalist Elin McCoy, global wine critic for Bloomberg News and US editor for the podcast The Wine Conversation, with listeners in 95 countries. 

Elin will sit down with a small group of Napa Green members (max 25 guests) and share her insights on the types of stories and pitches most likely to engage the media. In particular, she’ll focus on stories related to sustainable winegrowing, climate action, and social equity. 

Elin will speak and answer questions for about an hour. Then we’ll break into small groups to develop a story pitch, and come back together to present and get Elin’s feedback and input. This is a rare opportunity to get ideas and inspiration from a leading wine journalist. Register at the link in our profile.
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Climate Action & Regenerative Agriculture! Our sixth pillar that encompasses all that we do at Napa Green. 🌼
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Hear from Winery Program Manager @love.dream.breathe about Energy Efficiency & Savings, one of our pillars of sustainable winegrowing leadership
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We want to sincerely thank everyone who donated either space, time or proceeds of bottles/food sold to Napa Green during Earth Month! We are a small non-profit that greatly relies on donations of these kinds and we’re so grateful for our supportive community. 

Let’s hear it for: 

📍@trefethenfamily 
📍@pineridgewine 
📍@cliffamily 
📍@neotempowines
📖 @karenmacneilco
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Social Justice, Equity & Inclusion. Perhaps our most important pillar of our six pillars of sustainability leadership. 

Thank you for the beautiful description @growresiliently!
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Register now at the link in our profile! 💦

May 23, 2024
Silver Oak Winery, Oakville
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

One of the most critical agricultural concerns with our changing climate, and more frequent & intense weather extremes, is precipitation and water availability. The good news is opportunities abound to optimize irrigation efficiency, and implement regenerative practices that improve soil health, water infiltration, and retention. 

Join us for The Future of Water, with highlights including a keynote from Peter Gleick, one of the world’s leading water experts, and Mimi Casteel, not only a viticulturist and winemaker, but also a forest ecologist with a vision for water resiliency.
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Join us for The Future of Water Workshop, to explore our water future, with highlights including a keynote from Peter Gleick, one of the world’s leading water experts (all guests will receive a copy of Peter’s most recent book, The Three Ages of Water) and Mimi Casteel, not only a viticulturist and winemaker, but also a forest ecologist with a vision for water resiliency.

Wine grape quality is closely tied to the right amount of water, at the right time. One of the most critical agricultural concerns with our changing climate, and more frequent & intense weather extremes, is precipitation and water availability. We’ve swung from historic drought to atmospheric rivers. Our community has huge swaths of unmanaged, unhealthy forests full of non-natives and overrun by firs, amplifying fire risk and undermining one of the most critical systems for groundwater recharge.

The good news is opportunities abound to optimize irrigation efficiency, and implement regenerative practices that improve soil health, water infiltration, and retention. A watershed coalition has also formed in Napa County to pilot and model creek & forest restoration for localized water resiliency and climate cooling. 

Come learn more on Thursday, May 23rd at 9:00am at @silveroakcellars.
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Sustainably sourced ingredients with Chef Sarah Heller 🌱 Purchase your tax deductible ticket to our Opus One x Napa Green dinner at the link in our profile!
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You’re invited.. 

Full details may be found at the link in our profile. Cheers!
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As we wrap up an amazing Earth Month, we want to thank you all for the support & for coming to see us at our events! 

Let’s keep the momentum going and remember that Earth Day is Every Day! 🌎
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