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Napa Valley Vintners Halfway to Achieving 100 Percent Napa Green Sustainability Goal

Milestone announcement coincides with trade association’s participation in Napa Earth Day Celebration

St. Helena, CA – The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit trade association announced today it has reached an important sustainability milestone: 50 percent of its eligible members (those who own a winery, vineyard land or both) are now in the Napa Green environmental sustainability program.

Napa Green is a third-party certification program for vineyards and wineries in the Napa Valley. It employs a comprehensive, ‘soil to bottle’ approach to stewardship, integrating holistic management practices throughout the grape growing and winemaking process, making it the most rigorous environmental certification program in the wine industry. Certification of farms and winemaking facilities is provided by the National Marine Fisheries Service, Napa County, the Regional Water Quality Control Board and the California Green Business Program. The program was developed in the early 2000s by more than 20 stakeholders from the wine industry, environmental groups, government and regulatory agencies.

In March of 2015, the NVV announced its goal that all eligible members will be in the Napa Green program by the end of 2020. Of the trade association’s 533 members, 435 own their own winery or vineyard land, making them eligible. As of today, half of those eligible NVV members are enrolled or certified in the Napa Green program.

“When the NVV Board of Directors set our 100 percent Napa Green by 2020 goal, we knew it was ambitious,” said Michael Honig, chair of the NVV Board of Directors and president of Honig Vineyard & Winery. “We couldn’t be more proud to be halfway there, just two years after making the announcement. Participation in Napa Green is exacting – every detail matters. Getting certified requires a high level of commitment from winery and land owners and their employees, but it’s the right thing to do for our community and for future generations.”

Honig’s family winery is certified both Napa Green Land and Winery and he notes that all 10 of his fellow NVV board members are also participating in the program, setting an example for their vintner colleagues.

To celebrate the 50 percent milestone with the local community, the NVV is participating in the Earth Day Celebration at the Oxbow Commons in downtown Napa on Saturday, April 22. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be educational exhibits and activities centered around sustainability themes. The NVV is hosting a booth featuring wines from Napa Green producers. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about sustainability in general and the Napa Green program specifically. More information can be found at napaenvironmentaled.org

Details About Napa Green Land

The first Napa Green Land certification was in 2004. Today, more than 70,000 acres of land are in the Napa Green Land program. 45 percent of Napa Valley vineyards are certified Napa Green Land (more than 20,000 acres). Land owners inventory and manage their parcels holistically, applying best management techniques not just to vineyards, but to their entire property. Participation ensures properties are compliant with environmental regulations, or are working to exceed compliance. Independent certification is granted by the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Napa County Agricultural Commissioner and Napa County Public Works. Recertification is required every five to seven years based on implementation of a custom farm plan and demonstration of continuous improvement.

Details About Napa Green Winery

  • The first Napa Green Winery certification was in 2008.
  • Today, there are more than 55 Napa Green Certified Wineries.
  • The program aims to improve each winery’s carbon footprint by quantifying and reducing water and energy use and curtailing waste.
  • Independent certification is by county auditors for the California Green Business program.
  • Recertification is required every three years based on tracking water and energy use and waste diversion and demonstrating continuous improvement in resource conservation.
  • More information is available at napagreen.org.

About the Napa Valley Vintners

The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its 533 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.​

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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