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Land-Smart

LandSmart® Program Offers Additional Path to Napa Green Land Certification

Local resource specialists help landowners meet rigorous environmental standards

 St. Helena, CA – The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) and Napa Resource Conservation District (RCD) announced today that they have partnered to offer LandSmart® Level II conservation planning as an additional avenue for local vintners and growers to obtain Napa Green Land certification.

LandSmart® is a regional program of RCDs in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties that helps land owners to meet their natural resource management goals while supporting productive lands and thriving streams. The Napa Green Certified Land and Winery programs are rigorous, third-party certified, environmental programs for vineyards and wineries in the Napa Valley. Certification of the entire parcel of land and facilities makes Napa Green one of the most comprehensive environmental accreditations for the wine industry. The linking of LandSmart® and Napa Green is a natural progression that will better serve the agricultural industry in Napa County.

“We’re excited to deepen our partnership with the NVV and all the Napa Green partners in our work with land managers interested in going above and beyond to comprehensively manage the natural resources of their land,” says Leigh Sharp, executive director of the Napa RCD and a partner in developing LandSmart®.

To date, more than 40,000 acres of vineyard and other agricultural land has already been certified Napa Green, including more than 40 percent of Napa County’s total vineyard acreage. Until now, Fish Friendly Farming, run by the California Land Stewardship Institute, was the sole path to Napa Green Land certification. The inclusion of LandSmart® is intended to provide land owners with an additional certification option, with the goal of increasing the overall Napa Green acreage in Napa County and helping land owners become certified more quickly.

“The more Napa County land that can become Napa Green Certified, the better for the health and wellbeing of our entire community,” commented Julie Johnson, chair of the NVV’s Napa Green Advisory Group and winemaker and owner of Tres Sabores winery in Rutherford. “We’re thrilled to have formed this partnership with the RCD creating an additional resource for vintners and growers who are eager to demonstrate their stewardship and commitment to our beautiful valley.”

In 2015, NVV established the goal that all of its eligible members will be part of either or both of the Napa Green programs by the year 2020. The Napa Green Certified Land and Winery programs represent a soil to bottle approach to environmental stewardship and winemaking, integrating holistic management practices at every step of the grape growing and winemaking processes.

The Napa Green Certified Land program addresses the environmental management of not just vineyards, but entire properties, contributing to the preservation of the Napa River watershed. With this new partnership, land owners can now work with LandSmart® representatives to create customized, whole farm conservation plans. Assessments include a review of general vineyard practices, roads, waterways, open space and water management.

To obtain certification, land owners must implement measures designed to retain soils and prevent erosion, identify and reduce harmful inputs and runoff, conserve water resources and restore wildlife habitat to protect and enhance biodiversity. The program is third-party certified, ensuring that land owners meet and exceed local, state and federal environmental regulations.

About Napa Green

Napa Green is a comprehensive environmental certification program for vineyards and wineries in the Napa Valley. The program represents a soil to bottle approach to environmental stewardship and winemaking, integrating holistic management practices at every step of the process. Independent, third-party certification of farms and winemaking facilities makes Napa Green one of the most comprehensive environmental accreditations the wine industry offers. Learn more at napagreen.org.

About the Napa Resource Conservation District

Resource Conservation Districts are one of California’s earliest grassroots organizations that identify conservation needs and support local land managers in implementing solutions on a voluntary basis. Since 1945 the Napa RCD has fostered local natural resource stewardship through community involvement, education, technical expertise and scientific research. Our work enhances local ecosystems while supporting agriculture, urban areas, and wild spaces. Learn more at naparcd.org.

About the Napa Valley Vintners

The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its more than 525 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at napavintners.com.

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.​

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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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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