NAPA GREEN NEWS

Hello Napa Green Community,

How is it already June, and when will summer weather arrive? I know it was a busy spring for all of us. We’re grateful to everyone who joined us for the RISE Climate & Wine Symposium in April. We had roughly 750 guests across the six events, with dozens of commitments to action, including leveraging our Irrigation Assessment services, working with NapaChar and the Clean Burn Company on climate smart burns to make biochar, exploring the use of Blue Morph UV tank sanitation, using kegs in the tasting room, lightening glass bottles, working with Conscious Container on closed loop glass reuse, joining Napa Green, and more. 

Our team is here to support you in taking action. We want to keep the momentum going, so please reach out if we can provide support, and we’d love to hear about any successes. You can see the culminating RISE Press Release here

On that note, for any of you transitioning to the Napa Green Vineyard certification, now is the time to reach out to Ben and Sierra if you need to schedule an Irrigation Distribution Uniformity Assessment. They will share a follow-up report with recommendations to improve the efficiency of irrigation to maximize vine health and grape quality.

Here is a favorite photo from a much-needed vacation back in Croatia. I drank my share of Malvasia, Teran and Plavac Mali while there. 

Živjeli!

-Anna

Napa Green Team at RISE 2023

RISE EVENT RECORDINGS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING

Did you want to revisit one of the inspiring talks during RISE? Want to share the content with others in the industry? Or did you have to miss an event or two? Not to worry – all of the recordings and PowerPoint presentations have been posted. To access the slides look for the “Download Presentations” option at the top of each event page.

The Napa Green nonprofit and our RISE Symposium are dedicated to providing the support and resources to take action and level up sustainability and climate action leadership in the wine industry. Plans for our next RISE Symposium will be announced soon. 

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ROUNDUP & HERBICIDE SURVEY

It has been two years since Napa Green launched the new, cutting-edge Napa Green Vineyard certification focused on social justice, regenerative carbon farming, and climate action. We are now working on our first standards update, editing some of the language for clarity, adding resources, and augmenting some of the standards. As a part of this update Napa Green has been working with our Pesticide Working Group and Board of Directors to consider important updates to our Prohibited & Restricted Pesticides list. 

As we consider these updates, we are asking our members to please respond to this Roundup and Herbicide survey by June 16th. The survey should take a MAX of 10 minutes. https://forms.gle/TM2PGLyu9xYCDih39

UPCOMING EVENTS

July 10, 17 & 24 – Do The Work series with Dr. Akilah Cadet: This series of workshops is specifically for leaders working on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging initiatives in the wine industry, who want to do the work of becoming accomplices and learn how to integrate anti-racism work into every aspect of their personal and professional lives. https://www.diversityinwineforum.com/programs 

August 23 & 24 – Acres Healthy Soils Summit in Seaside: Includes optional half-day farm tour to Paicines Ranch and Pinnacle Organically Grown Produce. https://www.acresusa.com/healthy-soil-summit/

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Zero Foodprint has reopened their Restore Grants to fund farming practices that enhance soil carbon sequestration (e.g., compost, cover crops, hedgerows). Several of our grower members received small grants ($2-6,000) last year. Ben Mackie, our Vineyard Program Manager, can serve as your Technical Service Provider (TSP). There is an info session this Thursday, June 15th. Applications due July 20thhttps://www.zerofoodprint.org/apply

Compost Connecter: Growers can apply for a compost reimbursement from approved facilities. You must have official approval from Zero Foodprint before your compost order. Rolling applicationshttps://www.zerofoodprint.org/compost

Napa Green partnered with three champion members to host a series of wine benefit dinners in April that raised a pool of matching funds for industry sustainability and climate action projects. We will be sharing qualifying projects and opening a call for applications in Sept/Oct. A total of $60,000 will be distributed to growers and vintners that show the greatest financial need and opportunity for change and impact. Rolling applications begin October 2023.

CDFA HSP & SWEEP: The California Department of Food & Agriculture is piloting a block grant program for the Healthy Soils and State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program funding. This means that regional government agencies and ag nonprofits can apply for a lump sum of funds, and these organizations will then process farmer applications and administer funds to eligible growers. Napa Green is not applying because, unfortunately, no funding is included for administration. We will keep you updated if another regional organization receives a block grant. CDFA plans to reopen the HSP and SWEEP direct grower applications again this fall. Napa Green staff will be available to assist with applications and implementation.

WATER BOARD WINERY WDR – REQUEST FOR COUNTY CONTINUATION DUE AUGUST 1

All winery facilities are required to submit a Winery WDR enrollment application by January 20, 2024. There are potential exceptions in Napa County. 

Napa County is still pursuing an MOU with the State and as such the State has granted the County the ability to provide a 3-year extension for SOME of the winery facilities in Napa County. The criteria for the County approving the extension request are:

  • The winery facility is currently enrolled in Napa County’s Winery Waste Discharge Program, 
  • The facility has a current operating permit,
  • The facility is in compliance with the current discharge and reporting requirements. 

Applications for continuation under Napa County’s Winery Waste Discharge Program must be submitted by August 1, 2023. Learn more and submit your application for continuation here.

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.

Join these rockstars of winemaking this week at @complinewineshop for Vino & Vinyl night featuring all Napa Green Certified Wineries! 

🗓️: Thursday, July 18th 
📍: Compline Wine Shop 
⏰: 7:00pm 

Get your tickets now at the link in our bio! 💃🍷

@tressabores, @ashesxdiamonds, @spottswoodewinery, @closduval, @larkmeadvineyards, @complinewineshop, @tisharoundtown
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Plan your tasting at @phiferpavittwine in August! 🍷

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
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You’re invited.. 

Join us for a fun night featuring some awesome Napa Green wineries! Link in profile for tickets. 🎵🍷

📍: @complinewineshop 
🗓️: Thursday 6/18/24 7:00-9:00pm
🎟️: Linked in profile
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Plan your tasting at the beautiful new Garden Pavilion at Napa Green Champion winery @whitehalllane! 

Help support Napa Green while sipping on delicious Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot amongst the scenic views. Cheers to Climate Smart Wines! 🍷

#napavalley #winereels #sustainability #winetasting #winetrip #visitnapavalley #cheers #vineyardviews #winelovers
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Plan your trip to @cliffamily this August for our ‘Cheers to Climate Smart Wines’ campaign! 

Clif Family Winery & Farm will be creating a beautiful food and wine tasting menu for the month of August with a percentage going straight to support Napa Green! 

Plan your visit to the tasting room, food truck or gorgeous Enoteca Private Tasting Salon in August to enjoy great food & wine while helping to support this important initiative! 

#napavalley #sustainability #napa #cheers #winereels #winetasting #visitnapavalley #winebusiness #wineindustry #winetrip
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We’re thrilled to announce our ‘Cheers to Climate Smart Wines’ campaign starting in August! 

Several of our champion members will be curating special offerings to support Napa Green and highlight the brilliant work being done in Climate Action here in Napa Valley. 

Join us this August and visit @spottswoodewinery & @mkshepp!
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Economics of Organics on June 25th at @grgichhills. Register at the link in our bio. 

🎙️: @soilrainandhope 
🎞️: @mvino1
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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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