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Electric Vehicle charging stations are available at many wineries in the Napa Valley, including Cakebread Cellars.

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Commuting in wifi luxury to and from work? This could be a new reality for the employees of three local wineries. (Photo credit: Steven Vance)

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Solar powered waste and recycling stations are available for visitors and employees at Cakebread.

Three Napa Green Wineries Explore a Commuting Partnership

“It was just so relaxing – drinking my coffee and not worrying about driving,” said Cynthia Sharp, office and green team manager at Cakebread Cellars, as she discussed carpooling to work with a coworker. When asked whether she’d take advantage of an upscale, private bus service complete with WiFi and TVs to get to and from work if Cakebread were to offer it, she said: “Definitely.”
As part of Down to Earth Month, the NVV is promoting the Napa Commute Challenge and exploring what our members are doing to incentivize the use of alternative transportation to and from work. Cakebread Cellars, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery and Opus One have promoted the use of alternative transportation for some time, and are now looking toward the future.
Cakebread has two electric vehicle charging stations, which employees take frequent advantage of. There are also two company hybrid cars available for work errands. As part of Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program, St. Supéry offers an incentive for drivers and passengers each day they carpool to work. The same goes for employees who bike. At their Dollarhide Ranch property, about 65% of employees – more than 20 workers – regularly take advantage of this incentive. Together with Opus One, these wineries are now exploring a partnership to offer employees a comfortable, low- or no-cost ride to work.
Human resources manager at Cakebread, Nicole Cummings, is leading the charge on their green commute initiative:

A partnership like this would not only reduce traffic and pollution but also reduce employee commute stress and costs and would benefit the whole county. We're thinking about benefits we can't quantify - like employees who work in different parts of the operation getting the chance to interact and socialize. There will be social dividends.

All three wineries are surveying employees to gauge interest in participation in “a green commuter program that consists of a private upscale bus that will shuttle employees between work and mutually convenient locations.” The results are in at Cakebread: of 56 respondents, nearly 70% would ride the bus at least 1-2 days per week, and more than 40% would ride the bus 3-5 days per week. That means on any given day, there could be more than 30 employees from Cakebread alone riding the bus.
Cakebread and St. Supéry are in conversation with a group called RidePal about the possibility of offering a 48-passenger service with pickup and drop-off at a Napa Park and Ride. Several buses and an array of pickup and drop-off times would be available. Employees reported they would be more likely to use the bus if they were guaranteed a ride home in case of unscheduled events or emergencies. Having company vehicles available can help address this issue. St. Supéry is also exploring working with the VINE to offer a pop-up bus stop right outside the winery if demand is high enough.
These Napa Neighbor wineries hope to have employee buses up and running by summer. Could your winery be next?

Tips to Ace the Napa Winery Commute Challenge:

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Carpooling can be easy! Identify co-workers who may live nearby and have similar schedules to you.

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Looking to fully relax on the way to work? Check out the VINE schedule to see if there is a stop near you.

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Make it fun! Many wineries are holding their own internal challenges to see who can take alternative transportation the most in of April and beyond.

Napa Green is about producing wine responsibly and being proud of our respect for the environment and for future generations.

Seeking third party auditors! Email sierra@napagreen.org for full details!
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Have you been to Napa Green Certified @boeschenvineyards yet?
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Team Green outing today at the stunning @boeschenvineyards as we celebrate big things that we can’t wait to share with you! 🌿
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One of the main resistances to phasing out glyphosate is increased labor and equipment costs. However, the costs of herbicides and fertilizers have risen dramatically, so increased labor demands can be offset by reduced supply chain purchases. 

In addition, leaders like Grgich Hills Estate have shown that regenerative organic farming can be cost-effective. According to an analysis by Brotemarkle Davis & Co. LLP accounting firm, the average annual per acre cost of vineyard management in the Napa Valley is $14,800, with $3,800 in depreciation. At Grgich, they spend $11,000 per acre, with only $1,300 in depreciation due to the longer life of their vineyards. 

Learn from regional leaders about the practical costs, benefits, and ROI of herbicide-free, organic, and regenerative vineyard management.

Confirmed Speakers:
• Ivo Jeramaz, Grgich Hills
• Phil Coturri, Enterprise Vineyard Management & Winery Sixteen 600
• Brad Kurtz, Gloria Ferrer
• Brenae Royal, St. Supery
• Rebekah Wineburg, Quintessa

Register at the link in our bio.
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“Storytelling is key… and sustainability is the most important topic in wine.”

Thank you @elinmccoy for an incredible and insightful conversation with @napagreen members about the stories most likely to capture journalists attention.
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Thank you to all who attended our Future of Water Workshop yesterday at Napa Green Certified @silveroakcellars! 

Stay tuned for more from our luminary speakers @mimicasteel, @todmostero, @petergleick & our own @abrittain.
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Join us for a special roundtable workshop with award-winning journalist Elin McCoy, global wine critic for Bloomberg News and US editor for the podcast The Wine Conversation, with listeners in 95 countries. 

Elin will sit down with a small group of Napa Green members (max 25 guests) and share her insights on the types of stories and pitches most likely to engage the media. In particular, she’ll focus on stories related to sustainable winegrowing, climate action, and social equity. 

Elin will speak and answer questions for about an hour. Then we’ll break into small groups to develop a story pitch, and come back together to present and get Elin’s feedback and input. This is a rare opportunity to get ideas and inspiration from a leading wine journalist. Register at the link in our profile.
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Climate Action & Regenerative Agriculture! Our sixth pillar that encompasses all that we do at Napa Green. 🌼
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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 
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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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