Don’t Miss the Final Week of Napa THRIVES: Going All In on Social Equity, Climate Action and Regenerative Farming

June 7-23, Napa, CA – The first four events of the Napa THRIVES symposium were an incredible success, with nearly 400 guests joining to share in action- and impact-oriented conversations around water and energy efficiency, waste prevention & green purchasing, cultivating biodiversity and partnering with nature in and around the vineyard. During the course of the events many industry leaders committed to Take Action.

Chimney Rock Winery will explore installing EV chargers and lightening more of their glass bottles. Pam Starr of Crocker & Starr is transitioning to Napa Green Vineyard, getting a “Distribution Uniformity” Assessment to maximize irrigation efficiency, and divesting from lenders/investors that support fossil fuels. Tonnellerie Berger & Fils will seek out more sustainable packaging for international barrel shipments, and facilitate a community initiative for local recycling and reuse of barrel packaging.

Highlights included New York Times Wine Critic, Eric Asimov, warning against “Pro-task-ination” – emphasizing that we cannot allow our many small, day-to-day tasks to become an excuse not to take serious, industry-leading action to drawdown emissions and build resilience. “Viticulture is symbolic far beyond other agriculture because of its visibility and emotional connection to the public,” noted Asimov. “Wine has the power to educate and persuade – it’s crucial to use this storytelling power.”

World-renowned climate advocate, Bill McKibben, founder of Third Act and 350.org, drove home the scale of the climate crisis and the unique opportunity the wine industry has to be brave and engage with “HNWIs” – the High-Net-Worth Individuals who visit and enjoy our exceptional wines. We must share the call to action, including divesting from banks and investments that support fossil fuels. McKibben observed, “The planet is way outside of its comfort zone, and so we also have to be far outside of our comfort zone.”

On June 21, Napa THRIVES will focus on Social Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, with leaders and industry changemakers including Nikki Silvestri of Soil and Shadow, Philana Bouvier of Demeine Estates, Tonya Pitts, Sommelier and Wine & Food consultant, and Maryam Ahmed, co-founder of the Diversity in Wine Leadership Forum and founder of Maryam + Company.

“Saying social equity is just a part of sustainability is like saying rebar is just a part of a building,” says Martin Reyes, MW, co-founder of Napa THRIVES. “Taking care of our people is foundational to any grown-up discussion of sustainability and resilience. We require social sustainability to achieve rapid progress in our environmental and economic longevity.”

On June 23, Napa THRIVES will culminate in a fireworks event bringing it all home with Climate Action & Regenerative Agriculture. Climate scientist Dr. Drew Isaacs will lead a Marquee roundtable featuring Birgit Cameron of Patagonia Provisions, Jonathan Foley of Project Drawdown, and Kimberly Nicholas, sustainability scientist at Lund University and author of “Under the Sky We Make.” Kayalin Akens-Irby of Planet FWD will return and join a workshop on the process and benefits of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories. As Akens-Irby observed in her keynote on June 14, “The food and beverage industry as a whole makes up 30 to 40% of global emissions, which is a huge footprint. Wine itself is a much smaller percentage of that, but this industry also has an outsized opportunity to improve and to fight climate change. [We have to] orient our agricultural systems around fighting climate change as a core outcome of the products we grow.”

June 23rd’s Climate Action event will include bonus content, with two afternoon workshops – the first a discussion with the leaders of the Porto Protocol, an international industry climate action and education non-profit, and the second a deep dive into “The Future of Finance,” as requirements for Environmental Social Governance (ESG) action, reporting and transparency will soon be a requirement for ANY business, large or small, seeking a loan or investment.

Week Three Marquee Speakers: Nikki Silvestri, Founder and CEO, Soil and Shadow; Kimberly Nicholas, Sustainability Scientist, Lund University, and Author, Under the Sky We MakeJonathan Foley, Executive Director, Project DrawdownBirgit Cameron, Co-Founder and Head of Patagonia Provisions.

Week Three Industry Mentors:  Philana Bouvier, President, Demeine Estates (Growing Diversity & Social Impact); Jim Duane, Winemaker, Seavey Vineyard (Regenerative Carbon Farming).

Week Three Moderators: Dr. Liz Thach, MW, Wine Writer, Educator, and Consultant; Dr. Andrew Isaacs, UC Berkeley Climate Scientist; Peter Marks, MW, Napa Valley Wine Academy; Kelli White, Sommelier and author Napa Valley, Then & Now.

Napa THRIVES Co-Founders: Anna Brittain & Martin Reyes MW

Learn More and Get Your Tickets Now at https://napathrives.org/

Making the commitment to third party certification takes time and effort, but it is worth it to demonstrate our commitment to the community and to protect our watershed, our land and the air we breathe.​

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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Hear from @marisataylorwines about the importance of  water efficiency & savings and what we can all do to conserve this precious resource.
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Join us for a not to be missed dinner experience at @opusonewinery while supporting philanthropic efforts on behalf of climate action. 

An intimate group of 20 guests will be in attendance on the rotunda overlooking the estate vineyards. Chef Sarah Heller will prepare a four-course, locally-sourced dinner paired with Champagne Barons de Rothschild, Opalie de Château Coutet, and three vintages of Opus One wines. 

You will have the chance to share transformative conversations and form deep connections with industry leaders and change makers. 

Please find full invitation details at the link in our profile.
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Happy Earth Day Napa Valley! It’s an incredible joy to work with you all and see the forward progress being made all over this gorgeous place we call home. Thank you for caring, thank you for stepping up and thank you for making a difference!! 🌎💚
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Thanks to everyone who came out to @earthdaynapa and visited us at the @napagreen wine booth! 

 Cheers to @amici_cellars @cakebreadcellars @domainecarneros @handwrittenwines @robertmondavi and @whiterockvineyards for donating the certified sustainable wines to raise money for the Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County and helping make it a great event!
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We’re pouring some stellar Napa Green wines tomorrow at @earthdaynapa to include: 

@cakebreadcellars, @domainecarneros, @whiterockvineyards, @handwrittenwines, @amici_cellars & @robertmondavi!

Come by the booth! 🍷🌎
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What you can do in the vineyard & what you can do at home! 🌼🦋

#happyearthday #earthmonth #sustainability #biodiversity #pollinators #herbicidefree #napa #napavalley #cheers
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Come on by to @cliffamily! 💚🍴
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Come get involved this Earth Month! 🌎🌱

🌷 Earth Day Napa - Saturday, April 20th 11am -4pm at Oxbow Commons

🌷All Things Bottle Sustainability Workshop - Friday, April 26th at @pineridgewine from 9am -12:30pm. Registration is $20

🌷 All Things Bottle Sustainability Dinner! Friday, April 26th at @neotempowines with Karen MacNeil & Chef Dave Cruz! 

Message us directly or head to the link in our bio for info!
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