NAPA GREEN NEWS

Hello Napa Green Community,
 
Happy 2022! I hope it is off to a good start.
 
$456,000 GRANT!
We’ve had some fireworks over here at Napa Green – we were awarded a $456,000 three-year Specialty Crop Block Grant to continue to establish and grow our new, industry-leading Napa Green Vineyard certification. We will be able to hire another farm specialist to provide direct support with certification and on-the-ground implementation of regenerative, carbon farming practices. We will also host a series of practical workshops on topics like Soil Health & Vineyard Resilience; Conservation Burning & Alternatives; Planting Hedgerows.
 
14,700+ ACRES TRANSITIONING TO NAPA GREEN VINEYARD
The Napa Green Vineyard certification has officially REPLACED the Napa Green Land program as of January 1st. In January, Opus One became the first member certified to the new program, and we have several more members hot on their heels. In all, we have 43 members committed to transitioning to the new Vineyard certification, representing over 5,800 vineyard acres, and over 14,700 total land acres.
 
ALL THINGS GROW & EVOLVE
You can begin the Napa Green Vineyard certification process at any time. Please reach out to Ben Mackie, our Climate & Soil Specialist, who can answer questions and guide you through the process (ben@napagreen.org). 

If you were recognized as Napa Green Land we ask that you take down any signs with the Napa Green Land logo, as this program no longer exists. Napa Green Certified Sustainable Vineyard signs can be hung once you have your NGV Action Plan.

All things grow and evolve. What were leading practices for many years to prevent erosion and improve watershed health, became a Regional Water Board regulatory compliance standard. These practices are now foundational to being an agricultural business in the Napa Valley. Please continue to work with programs like LandSmart or other qualified experts to maintain your vineyard WDR compliance.
 
We look forward to building on this foundation and working with growers to set the bar for global vineyard sustainability and climate action & adaptation leadership.
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Napa Green Launches PR Campaign and New Site CertifiedSustainable.Wine

On January 28, Napa Green launched a series of 12 full-page ads in the Napa Valley Register to help the community understand the meaning, substance and impact of sustainable winegrowing. The ads are organized around the Six Pillars of Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership, and spotlight Napa Green champion vintners and growers sharing their commitment and achievements.
 
The print campaign is backed by a public-facing website, CertifiedSustainable.Wine, that digs deeper into the Six Pillars and shares more opportunities to Take Action. Keep your eyes out for ads running February 11 & 25, March 11 & 25, April 8 & 22, May 13 & 27, June 10, 17 & 24.
 
We are grateful to our exclusive PR campaign sponsor: 100percentcork.org

Wine Resilience Leadership – NapaTHRIVES June 2022

Mark your calendars for NapaTHRIVES (Transformation, Health, and Resilience Initiatives in Viticulture & Enology Symposium) – a series of events throughout the month of June to accelerate wine industry sustainability and climate action & adaptation leadership.
 
There will be six action-oriented half-day events organized around the Six Pillars of Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership. And the events are just the beginning. Dedicated facilitators and mentors will follow-up with participants to provide direct support, tools and funding strategies to transition opportunities to reality.
 
This convening will culminate in a black-tie gala that will raise money for ongoing sustainability and climate action leadership in Napa County.
 
NapaTHRIVES is being designed by a dedicated coalition of community organizations and businesses. Learn more at CertifiedSustainable.Wine/NapaTHRIVES/.
GREEN WINE FUTURE: As a perfect launching pad to NapaTHRIVES, Napa Green is a Strategic Partner with Green Wine Future, a four-day series of global virtual events May 23-26. Green Wine Future is an ambitious and innovative environmental conference for the international wine community, tackling all angles of wine industry solutions to the climate crisis.
 
EARLY BIRD FULL ACCESS REGISTRATION ENDS FEBRUARY 15th! Early Birds save almost 50%. Register now!

With NapaTHRIVES we will move the conversation from the Green Wine Future 10,000’ perspective to practical, grounded solutions, tools, resources and mentors to turn inspiration to action.

Workshops Coming Soon

NAPA GREEN VINEYARD ORIENTATION
Do you want to learn more about the new, industry-leading Napa Green Vineyard certification? Join Ben Mackie, our Climate & Soil Specialist, who will walk through the certification standards, process, and answer any questions.
 
ALL THINGS BOTTLE SUSTAINABILITY
Join us to discuss All Things Bottle Sustainability, from ways to Lighten Up your glass, glass reuse and recycling, closures, cork, and the sticky issue of labels.
  • Date & Location TBD, Mid-March
 
CONSERVATION BURNING & ALTERNATIVES
Come out to see live demonstrations of Conservation and Flame-cap Kiln burns, led by Raymond Baltar and his team from the Sonoma Ecology Center, as well as an AirBurner.
  • Date & Location TBD, Late-March
If you would be interested in serving as the demonstration site for this workshop contact Ben Mackie, ben@napagreen.org
 
We will post workshop details and registration on our Events page. We will also directly email Napa Green members with workshop information. 

New Tin in Town: Keystone Capsules

Our All Things Bottle Sustainability workshop will include a new Napa Green Sponsor, Keystone Capsules, providing premium tin capsules. Did you know tin is not only a valuable, high-quality metal but infinitely recyclable? Made in the USA, Keystone Capsules is the only producer in the industry with a dedicated recycling division and sustainable refining process. They are committed to work with wineries to keep tin capsules out of the landfill.
 
Locally, they have partnered with the Teacher’s Resource Center, who picks up used tin capsules from tasting rooms. Keystone Capsules pays a premium for this tin and all funds go to buy school supplies for teachers. Creative and innovative! You can also work with Keystone Capsules directly for recycling needs.
 
Additionally, Keystone Capsules is a division of Nathan Trotter & Co, which works with the Responsible Mineral Initiative (RMI) to ensure responsible global sourcing of tin and tin concentrates. Learn more at https://keystonecapsules.com/.

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.

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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