Napa Valley Vintners and Napa Green Awarded Statewide Honor for Environmental and Economic Leadership

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) and the Napa Green program were recently presented the prestigious 2018 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) in Sacramento. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing California’s environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the state’s economy.

Vintner Bruce Cakebread traveled with the NVV team to attend the awards ceremony and has participated in the Napa Green program since it was founded over a decade ago. “I think the Napa Green program is one of the best green certification programs because it encourages continual improvement in your green efforts. Napa Green is third-party inspected and certified which ensures accountability of the participants and with the number of acres in Napa Green Land and the number of wineries Napa Green winery certified. Napa Green makes a positive impact on the whole Napa Valley,” said Cakebread.

Conceived as a collaboration between industry leaders, environmental groups and government agencies, the Napa Green Program encompasses both sustainable vineyard and sustainable winery practices. Since its inception in the early 2000s, more than half of all vineyard acreage in Napa County (25,000 acres) has been certified and more than 80 Napa wineries have enrolled-accounting for 40% of all sustainable winery certifications statewide. 

Other notable facts about the program include:

  • Napa Green Certified landowners are committed to active restoration projects and have helped restore more than 20 miles of riverbank in the Napa River Watershed
  • Vintners are ensuring that more than 75% of any waste generated by their operation is diverted from landfills
  • Napa Green Certified wineries implement more than 100 measures, going beyond regulatory compliance, to achieve certification

In 2015 the NVV Board of Directors set an ambitious goal: for 100% of its members to participate in the program by 2020; currently more than 70% of eligible members are involved. Today, nearly 50 NVV members have dual certifications in the Napa Green Land and Winery programs.

The Napa Green environmental certification program for vineyards and wineries in Napa County is one of the most comprehensive environmental accreditations in the wine industry. The program takes a soil to bottle approach, integrating sustainable management practices at every step of the winemaking process. Napa Green Land and Winery owners are independently certified by third-party entities.

The Napa Green Land program works with Napa Valley property owners to assess their entire parcel and develop a custom farm plan. Each plan must meet and exceed environmental compliance requirements, reduce soil loss and preserve and restore sensitive habitats. The Napa Green Winery program works with producers to help them understand their water and energy use and waste management. Each participant receives an audit and detailed report to help them optimize facility resource use. Learn more at

About the Napa Valley Vintners

The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its 550 winery members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at

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.​

A live check in with @abrittain &!
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🌿 Did you know that less than 3% of philanthropic donations go to environmental work? 

Please consider donating to Napa Green this giving season with one of several ways at any level! 

Head to the link in our bio for details!
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With gratitude and joy, we wish you a beautiful day & start to the holiday season from all of us at Team Green! 

- Ben, Meghan, Anna, Marissa, Sierra & Megan
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‘If not here, where? If not now, when?’ 

“The onus is on us as a world class wine growing region to be leaders in sustainability & climate action.” 

- Executive Director of Napa Green, Anna Brittain
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It’s been a big week at Napa Green and we want to take a moment to raise a glass to salute you all. 

We are overjoyed to see so much support and invigorated interest in our mission towards sustainable practices and regenerative agriculture in the wine industry. 

We have many more details, paired with educational & financial resources that are already up and rolling on our website. We will continue to share them all, one by one and in great detail here on socials as well. 

For now please plan on joining us at our upcoming Town Hall meeting on Dec 7th at @stsupery. You can find more details at 

Cheers and Happy Friday Napa Valley. We are so proud to be a part of this amazing community!
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⚠️ Important Announcement 

Napa Green becomes the first sustainable wine growing certification to require the phaseout of Round Up. 

Please find the link in our bio for the full press release and full suite of info & grower resources. 

Join us on December 7th for our Napa Green Town Hall at @stsupery.
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Don’t miss the awe-inspiring @nikki_silvestri at @dominusestatewinery on Nov 30th!
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You’re invited to join us for a very special day at @dominusestatewinery on November 30th. 

We’ll be briefly interviewing our speaker @nikki_silvestri right here on Instagram today at 2:00pm PST to hear more about what to expect at this event. See you then.
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Curious to learn more? Join us at @dominusestatewinery on November 30th for a rare event and luncheon. Link in bio for details.
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GREEN is the new black this season!! 

Head to the link in our bio now and get your shirts, help a good cause and be an honorary part of Team Green this season! 💚
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Let’s hear it for our Executive Director of Napa Green, the incomparable Anna Brittain for being named a 2023 Wine Industry Leader by @winebusinessmonthly!! 

In their Sustainability Stewards section (which we love to see) we find Anna named in good company with inspired fellow leaders! 

Head to our stories or the link in our bio for free access to the full November issue. 

Cheers to the great work of our visionary Director Anna Brittain!!
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Drink Green this Halloween! 💚
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Sierra is our Soil & Climate Specialist at Napa Green and her ask this year is that everyone consider donating to our small but mighty Team Green for Giving Season! 

Here is more from @regenwithsierra: 

“🎃 Happy Halloween Eve everyone! Today is my birthday, and I would be beyond thrilled if you would consider a donation to @napagreen to support a nonprofit focused on climate action in the wine industry 🍷🍾

@napagreen has the leading set of standards for sustainable practices, from soil to bottle. I am most proud of the work we do with winegrape growers to adopt regenerative agricultural practices in their vineyards. 

Please consider supporting us in our mission!  Click the link in bio for more! “
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Thank you for having us @visitnapavalley! We had a great time talking to visitors about the many sustainability practices our Napa Green wineries and vineyards employ! 

Stop into the Visit Napa Valley Visitor Center in Napa to learn more!
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