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

risegreen.org/

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.​

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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