Erosion Control
Stony Hill

Stony Hill Terrace

Phifer PVITT

Phifer Pavitt

Chateau Boswell

Chateau Boswell

Chateau Bozwell

Chateau Boswell Tasting Cave

Susan Boswell

Susan Boswell

Farmstead at LMR

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch Dining Room

Go Napa Green

Who knew that drinking wine was good for the environment?

2017 was a decidedly rough year in Northern California wine country. But now in full rebound mode, Napa’s hotels, wineries, and eateries encourage travelers to return and once again enjoy the bounty of one of the world’s most coveted destinations. Helping you to plan your next day or weekend trip is Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) with its 12 themed itineraries curated to match every viticultural mood. The common thread? Green….Napa Green. The Napa Green program – one of the most comprehensive environmental accreditations in the wine industry – serves to protect the land and conserve resources from soil to bottle. More than half of Napa County’s vineyard acreage is Napa Green Land Certified, and more than 60 Napa County wineries are Napa Green Winery Certified. So visit, swirl, sip, and savor not only great wines, but also the knowledge that your patronage is helping preserve both Napa’s economy and the environment.

TOUR:

On a recent visit we went “green” on the Eco Chic tour in and around St. Helena. First stop is Chateau Boswell, a boutique gem and the first Napa Valley winery to achieve Napa Green Winery status. Unofficially dubbed ‘the Queen of Napa Green’ for her continued efforts to reduce water and energy use, proprietress Susan Boswell instills a sustainable ethos in her 17 labels of hand-crafted, small lot varietals. Boswell personally oversaw the excavation of her spectacular 65 ft. under-earth wine cave and tasting room, where she preserved nooks that exhibit the area’s volcanic geological history. She has dotted the tasting room floor with hand-placed obsidian arrowheads found on-property when her late husband Richard Thornton Boswell planted the original estate vineyard nearly 40 years ago. Initially under the direction of the famed André Tchelistcheff, Chateau Boswell first produced luscious Cabernet Sauvignon but it’s portfolio has expanded to include luscious Russian River Valley Chardonnays and Sonoma Coast and Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noirs – all produced in small lots from exceptional vineyards and all incredibly decadent and delicious.
Next, it’s a short trip to Phifer Pavitt, winner of the Great Wine Capitals’ 2017 Sustainable Wine Tourism award, where you’ll try their Date Night Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Owners Shane Pavitt and Suzanne Phifer Pavitt named their wines after their all-important weekly date nights when many of their most important life decisions were made, including the decision to purchase the land for their winery. The duo has built a sustainable environment from the ground up; its eco-chic tasting ‘barn’ is insulated with recycled blue jeans and features reclaimed and recycled materials, a floating free form wood countertop, a hand stenciled floor, and rustic wire chandeliers handmade by Suzanne. And of course, their vineyards are farmed using organic and sustainable farming methods.
Last stop: Stony Hill Vineyard, the oldest continuously operating winery in the Spring Mountain District. This small family winery started making white wines more than 60 years ago, and recently a Cabernet Sauvignon made its way into their stellar line-up of Chardonnays, Gewurtztraminers, Rieslings, and Semillons. Stony Hill prides itself on its ‘non-interventionist’ wines that allow the flavored fruit from their rocky, hillside soils to determine the wine’s character. Founders Fred and Eleanor McCrea have passed the reigns to granddaughter Sarah McCrea who continues to dry farm the certified Napa Green Land, just as it’s been tended since the winery’s inception.

What is Napa Green Land Certified?

Land owners who assess all aspects of their property including farming practices, roads, and waterways, and implement measures to retain soils, prevent erosion and harmful runoff, con- serve water resources, and restore wildlife habitats.

What is a Napa Green Winery?

Wineries that implement 100+ measures beyond compliance to conserve resources, prevent waste, and enhance the efficiency of their operation.

STAY:

Visit your three Napa Green wineries in one day, or spread the fun over two days. Luxurious Meadowood Resort sits at the heart of the Eco-Chic tour and in addition to being the perfect respite between tastings, maintains your itinerary’s environmental ethos. Discretely tucked into the hillside off of Silverado Trail, Meadowood blends seamlessly, and with a gentle footprint, into its oak and redwood tree-studded terrain. Food and beverage options utilize ingredients from the property’s multi-acre organic garden, from which Chef Victoria Acosta crafts a culinary menu of delectable and healthy options. A stay at Meadowood is not complete without a visit to its spectacularly serene Spa – alone worth an overnight visit as it is only open to resort guests and members. Holistic treatments take place in individual spacious suites, and include the use of sustainably produced, certified organic, non-toxic products. Post treatment, guests can lounge in their suite or in the relaxation garden while enjoying offerings from the Spa culinary menu such as house-dried fruits, nuts, grains, and nourishing elixirs such as carrot with ginger, or lime and coriander.

DINE:

Continue the sustainable spirit of your weekend with a meal at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, a true farm-to-fork dining experience that showcases the talents of local farmers, cattle ranchers, and winemakers. Chef Stephen Barber utilizes the spoils of this certified organic 700-acre ranch in his American farmhouse cuisine. Grass-fed beef and lamb, seasonal produce, extra virgin olive oil, Cabernet vinegar, fresh eggs, honey, and other items raised, harvested, and handmade on the farm make their way onto a menu filled with comfort foods such as deviled eggs with pimento cheese, caramelized beets, beef chili, and Heritage St. Louis Ribs smoked daily on the largest smoker in St. Helena. The dining room’s sky high barn ceilings, brown leather booths, hay bale carrier lighting fixtures, and open kitchen create a warm and welcoming homestead ambiance. Purchase some of Farmstead’s artisanal provisions such as olive oil, sauces, and salts, and keep the Napa Green vibe going at home.

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.​

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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