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Paprika is one of several cats that helps control rodent populations in the vineyards.

Truchard Anthony

Anthony Truchard II manages Truchard Vineyards in Carneros and leads their sustainability efforts.

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More than 100 goats manage a 30-acre pasture, preventing weeds from taking hold.

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Ponds on the property serve a dual purpose: water retention and wildlife habitat.

Truchard Vineyards - Big Vineyard, Big Heart

In 1888, Anthony Truchard II’s great, great grandfather moved from Lyon, France to the outskirts of Houston, Texas to start a winery. Though his efforts were ultimately stymied by Prohibition, a vision had already begun to take shape for future generations of his family. Anthony says, “My father Tony grew up on that property in Texas and it planted the seed for his own vineyards and winery.”

Tony bought Truchard Vineyards’ first 20 acres in Carneros in the 1970s, before it rose to prominence as a proven wine growing region. Anthony notes, “With the low water table in Carneros, many people didn’t think grapevines would get enough water. We were one of the early adopters of reservoirs for rainwater catchment and drip irrigation. The reservoirs also provide habitat for birds and other animals.” Today, the reservoirs serve a dual purpose of saving water for irrigation and providing valuable wildlife habitat, with cormorants and deer visiting frequently.

Growing up, Anthony and his brother John helped their family plant and maintain the vineyards on weekends, camping in a trailer on site. The family moved to the property full time in 1986. Thirty years later, Tony Truchard still manages the farming. Truchard Vineyards has grown to a 400-acre property with 261 acres planted to vineyard since purchasing their first 20 acres.

Understanding the value of Napa’s native oak woodlands, the family has ensured 100 acres of oaks are preserved on the property, working around them in the vineyard.

Our philosophy is that the vineyard may not be here forever but the trees have been here for hundreds of years. The motivation for sustainable wine growing started with the land. Our priority is preserving the estate for future generations.

Truchard Vineyards became certified by the Napa Green Land program in 2015. Their longstanding commitment to sustainability allowed them to achieve certification almost seamlessly. The family has always seen water as a precious resource, working to capture every drop of rain. An extensive system of underground drainage returns all runoff to the reservoirs. Furthermore, 70-80% of the vineyard property has a cover crop of native rye grass that helps prevent erosion. All pruning is shredded back into the soil and all pressings and pomace are put back on the fields as compost. In addition to owl and raptor boxes, 20 rescued cats roam the property to help control pests. The menagerie of farm “helpers” is rounded out by seven beehives and a herd of 100 goats that provide weed control for a 30-acre pasture.

We're a big vineyard with a small winery, and becoming a Napa Green Certified Winery was straightforward.

The winery began operating in 1989 and since then, the family has restored an old chicken barn for wine processing and storage. Given efficient modern construction and the small scale of their winery operation, Truchard made some lighting upgrades and augmented their purchasing policy to sail smoothly through the Napa Green Winery certification process in 2016.

Truchard Vineyards also serves as an excellent model for social sustainability in the wine industry. Their winemaker and office manager have each been with the company for 18 years, their assistant winemaker has been at Truchard 26 years and they employ a 15-member vineyard crew year-round.

While there are a number of wine industry sustainability certifications available today, Anthony believes that of all the options available, “We feel that Napa Green makes the most sense regionally.”

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

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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