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Napa Valley Vintners Set Goal for 100-Percent Napa Green Certification by Year 2020

Sustainability program is one element of plan to help solve key community issues

St. Helena, CA The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) announced today it has established a goal that every eligible member will be in the Napa Green Land or Winery program by the end of 2020.

Napa Green is a voluntary, environmental certification program for Napa County vineyards and wineries developed in the early 2000s by more than 20 industry and environmental stakeholder groups, as well as local, state and federal regulators. The program is tailored to the Napa River watershed and to winery-specific practices that when implemented affect positive change for the local environment and community.

“Our valley is a rich landscape of grapevines and forested hillsides and the NVV is committed to the preservation and protection of our environment,” commented Susan Boswell, member of the NVV Board of Directors, chair of the 2015 Napa Green Advisory Group and owner of Chateau Boswell, a local winery that is certified both Napa Green Land and Winery. “It started with the establishment of the nation’s first Agricultural Preserve in 1968, and we continue to raise the bar on local environmental standards. Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery further our industry’s commitment to sustainability.”

The goal is included in the NVV’s “Local Issues Action Plan,” a comprehensive approach to addressing a number of community issues that the nonprofit trade association identified during its strategic planning process last year. In addition to the 100-percent Napa Green commitment, the plan outlines steps the organization has already taken to address key local issues, like advocating for expanded notification policies and procedures by Napa County for development projects; hosting workshops to help its 500-plus members achieve compliance with county rules and regulations; participating in the recent Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency’s transportation study; contributing $2.5 million to help build the Napa Valley Vine Trail; supporting increased commercial impact fees, which help fund affordable housing; contributing millions of dollars toward other affordable housing initiatives; and encouraging wineries to reduce water use.

Other goals outlined in the plan include employing an outside expert to help develop solutions to the area’s transportation problems; encouraging Napa County to implement existing traffic mitigation measures from the General Plan; encouraging its 500-plus members to develop alternative transportation plans; advocating for completion of affordable housing projects that have been identified, but not yet built; and hosting informative resource conservation workshops that will lead to reductions in water use.

Napa Green Facts & Figures

More than 61,000 acres of land are certified or pending certification in the program.
17,000 of the certified acres are vineyard land, more than 1/3 of the total vineyard acreage in Napa County.
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.

Land owners inventory and manage their parcels holistically – applying best management techniques not just to vineyards, but to their entire property.Through Napa Green, vintners have contributed to comprehensive restoration projects along the Napa River, improving habitat for native fish species, reducing flood events and limiting soil loss.
More than 4.5 million cases of wine are produced from Napa Green Certified Wineries.
In 2014 alone, participating Napa Green wineries saved more than 3.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere through recycling and other green measures.

About the Napa Valley Vintners

The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its more than 500 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Proceeds from Premiere Napa Valley are used to support the nonprofit trade association’s mission to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley appellation. 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.​

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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