Alpha Omega solar arrays

Alpha Omega solar arrays
Photo Credit: Bob McClenahan

Alpha Omega Green Sign

Alpha Omega Napa Green
Photo Credit: Alpha Omega

Alpha Omega

Alpha Omega
Photo Credit: Suzanne Becker Bronk

Alpha Omega Fountain

Alpha Omega
Photo Credit: Alpha Omega

St Supery Culinary Garden

St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery culinary garden
Photo Credit: St. Supéry

Cade Estate

Cade Estate Winery
Photo Credit: Cade Estate Winery

Jarvis Wine Caves

Jarvis Estate.
Photo Credit: Martin Mann

Schramsberg Wine Caves

Schramsberg’s wine caves.
Photo Credit: Schramsberg

Keeping Napa Green: Toasting Napa Valley’s Sustainable Wineries

Visitors to Alpha Omega winery often ask me the meaning of the Napa Green Certified signs visible from Highway 29 and as they turn into the estate on Mee Lane in Rutherford. The signs recently began appearing at Napa Valley wineries and continue to increase at a significant pace that demonstrates a commitment to the environment by vintners. As we head into Earth Month, it’s worth pointing out that these green and white signs indicate that the winery and/or vineyard have met the stringent requirements of the Napa Green program, a comprehensive sustainability certification for vineyards and wineries in Napa Valley.

Soil to bottle stewardship includes protecting and restoring the Napa River watershed, saving energy and water, reducing waste and carbon footprint–and being conscientious employers and good neighbors. Independent, third-party certification of farms and winemaking facilities makes Napa Green one of the most rigorous sustainability accreditations the wine industry offers. More than 70 percent of Napa Valley Vintners’ (NVV) 550 members are certified. (I’m proud that Alpha Omega is among the double-certified wineries.)

NVV is well on its way to reaching its goal to have all of its eligible members in the Napa Green program by the end of 2020. If you prefer tasting at a winery that puts as much thought into protecting the environment as it does its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, visit www.napagreen.org to browse the list of participating wineries and check out the sample itineraries that move from south (Napa/Carneros) to north (Calistoga). A few of my favorite environmentally-conscious wineries include Alpha Omega and St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery in Rutherford, Cade Estate Winery in Howell Mountain, Jarvis Estate in Napa and Schramsberg Vineyards in Calistoga.
At Alpha Omega, which boasts the most extensive solar and energy storage microgrid system in PG&E’s 70,000-square-mile service area, five solar arrays were architecturally designed to serve as shade structures for parking and winery equipment. Guests can relax knowing their wine purchased elsewhere is protected from the sun. The winery also offers three Tesla charging stations and another for electric vehicles.
Inside the tasting room at St. Supéry, wine enthusiasts can view a giant screen showing current solar generation data and what that saved energy equals in terms of light bulb use and tons of carbon dioxide and gallons of gas collected. There’s also a culinary garden where most of the produce used in St. Supéry’s food experiences at the winery and Dollarhide Ranch is grown.
It’s not just the fabulous, hilltop views that make a visit to Cade a must. You’ll feel good knowing that the majority of Napa Valley’s first LEED Gold Certified estate winery is made of recycled materials such as steel and plastic. Recycled blue jeans help insulate the Cade tasting room.
Jarvis, nestled in the scenic Vaca Mountains, is the country’s first winery and cave operation built entirely underground. Park your car in a grassy meadow then enter the 45,000-square-foot cave where an underground waterfall provides more than a beautiful, calming presence. The waterfall also maintains the perfect temperature and humidity level for barrel aging wines.
The oldest wine caves in Napa Valley, however, are at Schramsberg, where 155 acres of forested land preserve the natural beauty of this Napa Green-certified property. I love the tours here–not to mention the bubbly!
Some of the wonderful wines produced by Napa Green-certified wineries, including Alpha Omega, were poured at the 13th Annual Green Business Awards Reception 2019 put on by the San Francisco Green Business Program on March 13 at the California Academy of Sciences. On April 18, I look forward to raising a glass to the environment with my Napa neighbors at the second Napa Green Champion Celebration at Domaine Chandon.

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.​

Napa Green & Premiere Napa Valley 💚

Thank you for creating such a beautiful event @wheelerfarmswinery! 

Incredible offerings from Napa Green Certified wineries @aowinery, @chandonusa, @grgichhills, @inglenook1879, @rombauervineyards, @spottswoodewinery, @trefethenfamily, @troisnoixwine & @stsupery!! 

Cheers to @premierenapa!
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The whole team is here and some amazing friends are joining us like @spottswoodewinery, @accendocellars, @aowinery, @stsupery, @rombauervineyards, @chandonusa, @troisnoixwine, @trefethenfamily, @matthiasson_wine & @grgichhills! 

Our first @premierenapa event kicks off at 4pm today at @wheelerfarmswinery!! 🍷🎉
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Grazing in the vineyards with a big assist from Cup the Sheep Dog! 

We’ll see you at our event in partnership with @napa_valley_grapegrowers on Feb 27th at @thecastello! Link in bio for registration. 

#welovedogs #sheepdog #sheepfarming #grazing #vineyards #napa #napavalley #regenerativeagriculture #soilhealthmatters
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Sign up for the Grazing Workshop on Tuesday, Feb 27th at @thecastello at the link in our profile. 

@napa_valley_grapegrowers @perennialgrazing
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Add the Napa Green logo to your back label! 

Find the link in our profile or email megan@napagreen.org. Happy bottling season!
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Not just talking the talk but walking the walk is very important to us. One way we do that is by providing our members with as many tools and resources as possible. Here’s what’s coming up: 

1. Weed Management Equipment & Tools for herbicide-free farming - Thurs, Feb 15th at @inglenook1879 at 9:00am. 

2. Napa Green Premiere Open House for the Wine Trade - Thurs, Feb 22nd at @wheelerfarmswinery at 4:00pm. 

3. California Small Farms Conference - Thurs, Feb 25th with @mimicasteel & Ben Mackie at 3:00pm. 

4. Grazing for Vineyard Health & Fire Resilience - Tues, Feb 27th at @thecastello at 9:00am. 

Find all details and registration on napagreen.org under the Connect with Us tab or just head to the link in our profile. We’ll see you all soon.
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📣 February Events! 

www.napagreen.org ➡️ Connect with us ➡️ Events & Workshops! 

Or head the link in our profile to find it all & how to register with one click. See you all at an event soon.
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Join us for a Grazing for Vineyard Health & Fire Resilience Field Day in partnership with @napa_valley_grapegrowers. During this February 27th event we’ll discuss ways to best utilize sheep in the vineyard and employ grazing animals for woodland management, addressing both fire fuel reduction and post fire recovery. Don’t miss this opportunity to delve into regenerative practices for your vineyard and beyond! 

Find the link in our profile to register.

📸: @sarahannerisk
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History, sustainability & fine wine at Napa Green Certified @schramsberg! 🥂

#wine #sparklingwine #schramsberg #napa #napavalley #winecave #winecollector #winelover #sustainability #organicvineyard
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🍷Wine Trade! Register for our Premiere Napa Valley event on Feb 22nd at the link in our profile!🍷
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Apply for a grant! Applications can be found at the link in our bio. 

#sustainability #climateaction #winebusiness #wineindustry #napa #napavalley #grantapplications #napawinery
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📣 Announcing our first ever NVV Premiere Event! 📣

Thursday, Feb 22nd from 4pm-6pm at @wheelerfarmswinery. Register at the link in our profile!
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Providing resources, tools and education for our members is core to what we do. Come see us at a February event! 

Register at the link in our profile. We’ll see you there!
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Weed Management Event at @inglenook1879 on Thursday, Feb 15th from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Link in profile to register. 

Por favor, mira hasta el final para ver el mensaje en español.
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Save these dates! 3 great events coming your way in February. 

Find info and registration at the link in our bio or at our website: napagreen.org under Connect with us - Events & Workshops!
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