Whitehall lane winery

Rutherford Dust Society Board Member Chris Morisoli, RDS Vice President Lauren Leeds-Pesch, Anna Brittain (Director of Napa Green), Sara Soergel (Executive Director of RDS), and RDS 2020 Board President Steve Tonella

We're Excited & Proud to be Napa Green Certified!

Whitehall Lane Winery is proud to announce that we are Napa Green certified! Napa Green is a comprehensive sustainability certification program for vineyards and wineries in the Napa Valley. Soil to bottle stewardship includes protecting and restoring the Napa River watershed; saving energy and water; reducing waste and carbon footprint, and being conscientious employers and good neighbors. Independent third-party certification of farms and winemaking facilities makes Napa Green one of the most rigorous sustainability accreditations the wine industry offers.

Here’s what our team has to say about our Napa Green certification.

“At Whitehall Lane, we created a “Green Team” that worked enthusiastically to meet our goal to become a Napa Green Certified Winery. Our team regularly monitors recycling as well as energy and water usage efficiency to ensure that our sustainable practices are maintained. Our team also continues to research new innovative practices to continue to improve our carbon footprint as responsible landowners in Napa Valley.” – Katie Leonardini, VP of Operations

“Whitehall Lane Winery is proud to be a Napa Green Certified Winery. Our vision of becoming a responsibly sustainable company with energy, water, and green practices has a future bearing on our consumers, as well as our long-term presence in Napa Valley. Our consumers would be happy to know we are putting our best foot forward on producing an environmentally-conscientious product. For Napa Valley, it is our duty to preserve and protect for the future generations of our family-owned winery.” – Jason Moulton, Winemaker

What defines Napa Green?

From Napa Valley’s unique Mediterranean climate to its stunning landscapes and vistas, the region is known for its dedication to land stewardship and world-class wines. The Napa Green program elevates this commitment by protecting the land and conserving valuable resources – in both the vineyard and the winery. 

  • Beyond Compliance – Through participation in the Napa Green program, vineyards and wineries are certified by meeting and exceeding comprehensive and stringent environmental regulations that will preserve Napa Valley’s land and resources for generations to come.
  • Preservation and Conservation – Napa Green Winery participants monitor energy, water and waste and conserve resources.
  • Third-Party Certification – Custom winery action plans for continuing improvement are verified by independent, third-party certifiers to ensure thorough evaluation.
  • Workforce & Community – Napa Green emphasizes social equity and sustainability, caring for workers, engaging with neighbors and giving back to the community.

What does Napa Green mean for Whitehall Lane Winery?

Whitehall Lane Winery and Vineyards is a local family-owned and operated winery in the Rutherford Appellation of Napa Valley, dedicated to growing and making premium, world-class wines while providing excellent hospitality with Napa Green certified and sustainable practices.

In short, this certification means that our commitment to energy, water, and green practices has been recognized by a third-party. We are among the few wineries that have committed themselves to preserve and protect the Napa Valley for future generations.

For more information about Napa Green and a map of all wineries that have been certified, check out NapaGreen.org.

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.​

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 
📍@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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