Larkmead Vineyards‘ sleek white winery and rooftop lined in solar panels stand out amidst expansive estate vineyards. Linger over the nuanced red wine blends. Larkmead Vineyards is one of the four oldest continuously operated wineries in the Napa Valley, established in 1895. This Napa Green Winery has also attained LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum certification, utilizing natural lighting, recycled building materials and energy efficient cooling. The winery helped to restore a length of the Napa River that abuts the property, planting native trees and shrubs and improving the habitat for threatened Steelhead trout and Chinook Salmon.
Ready for some sparkling wine? It’s just a short distance to Schramsberg Vineyards. This winery, tucked away in a hillside forest, has the oldest wine caves in the Napa Valley, originally dug by Chinese laborers in the 19th century. You’ll feel like you’re in another world walking through the cool caves sipping sparkling wines by candlelight. Schramsberg has comprehensive certification in the Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery programs. They’ve preserved 155 acres of forest land. The caves offer natural cooling and an extensive solar array provides the winery’s energy needs.
Emerging from the caves, head east to Jericho Canyon Vineyard, with the Palisades and Mount St. Helena as the backdrop. Feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you see the original barn and simple redwood winery. Jericho Canyon produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and other small lot wines that reflect the hillside terroir. They do it using sustainable farming and winemaking. Certified Napa Green Land and also Napa Green Winery, Jericho Canyon has preserved nearly 70% of their land as wildlife habitat. They use no-till farming (saving fuel and preserving soils), insectaries for beneficial insects and strive to continuously improve energy and water efficiency.
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