RISE Climate & Wine Symposium Launches April 5

Join Over 60 Leading Speakers & 40 Sustainability Partners

Napa, Calif., – This Earth Month the six-event Climate & Wine Symposium is returning as RISE: Resilience, Innovation, Sustainability, Empowerment (www.RISEGreen.org). This unique action-oriented Symposium is organized around the six pillars of sustainable winegrowing leadership. The lineup includes over 60 expert speakers, with Marquee keynote addresses from Jancis Robinson, MW, JancisRobinson.com (Apr 5); Paul Muller, Full Belly Farm (Apr 6); Jason Haas, Tablas Creek (Apr 12); Mimi Casteel, Hope Well Wine (Apr 13); Maryam Ahmed, Diversity in Wine Leadership Forum (Apr 19); Michael Silacci, Opus One Winery and Anna Brittain, Napa Green (Apr 20). RISE is designed to help anyone in the wine industry accelerate sustainability and climate action.

“There are two reasons not to miss our launch event,” says Anna Brittain, Executive Director of Napa Green. “A much-anticipated address from Jancis Robinson and a deep dive on Energy Efficiency & Savings, one of the most valuable approaches to reduce your bottom-line. We’ve seen members where efficiency gains saved $100,000 a year. If you want to save money and the climate here’s your event.”

Another powerful element of RISE are the Mentorship workshops, including the April 19 JEDI Leadership conversation between Nikki Silvestri, CEO of Soil and Shadow, and Tod Mostero, Director of Viticulture & Winemaking at Dominus Estate.

“The pandemic has threatened our health, the recent fires have devastated lives, and three record-breaking heatwaves within six vintages have raised challenging questions about the future of grape growing. No longer can any of us remain insulated from one another,” notes Mostero. “We must broaden our methodologies to meet the urgent issues facing our community. That is why I’m eager to engage with Nikki, to shed light on my own blind spots and identify new opportunities to be a positive, empowering force for all around me.”

Michael Silacci, Winemaker at Opus One, shares, “Walking through our grapevines in 2020, looking at the beautiful clusters tainted by smoke, I was heartbroken. Our baseline has shifted to alternating seasons of fire, atmospheric rivers, and drought. I hit the point on the grief curve where I acknowledged climate change is here, and I rolled up my sleeves. This is why RISE is so important. It is time for a massive collective effort, and there is no industry better suited to setting the tone than the grape and wine industry.”

“From the beginning we wanted this Symposium to go beyond education and inspiration to providing the relationships and resources to incite action. We have to get past inertia,” says Martin Reyes, MW, co-founder of RISE and Partner at WineWise. “At RISE we’re building lasting relationships among like-minded individuals that hold each other accountable.”

RISE is organized and hosted by the Napa Green non-profit, with a community planning committee. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.RISEGreen.org.

Location: Charles Krug Winery | Carriage House | 2800 Main St, St Helena, CA


About Napa Green
Napa Green is a global leader in sustainable winegrowing, setting the highest bar for sustainability and climate action in the wine industry. Napa Green facilitates systematic soil to bottle certification for wineries and vineyards, and provides the resources, tools and connections to continuously level up leadership. In 2021, Napa Green was the first sustainable winegrowing program in the world to redevelop Vineyard certification standards to focus on climate action, regenerative carbon farming, and social equity. In 2022, Napa Green and community partners launched a first of its kind, six-event Climate & Wine Symposium (Napa THRIVES now RISE) with over 65 speakers and 600 total guests.

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 & @reyeswine.mw!
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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 napagreen.org. 

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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