Making an exceptional wine requires stewardship and attention to detail. The same is true of achieving Napa Green Winery certification. Napa Green Certified Wineries implement more than 100 sustainability standards to:
  • Save energy and increase energy efficiency
  • Conserve water and increase water use efficiency
  • Prevent waste through recycling, composting and environmentally preferable purchasing
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the winery's carbon footprint
  • Care for employees, build engagement around sustainability and be good neighbors

Your whole facility is third-party certified, from the cellar to offices to tasting room and outdoor landscaping. Knowledgeable Napa Green staff are available to help with every step of the certification process.

Benefits of Napa Green Winery Program

  • Cut resource costs and increase profit margins. Napa Green has helped members identify over $1,000,000 in energy cost savings, rebate and improved efficiency opportunities.
  • Integrated Resource Audit - receive a one-stop, whole system energy, water and waste assessment with an experienced engineer. Establish metric baselines to track improvements over time. Identifies no- and low-cost opportunities and facilitates rebates.
  • Leverage sustainability certification to differentiate your brand with guests and customers and increase market access - grocery stores, restaurants, international export markets.
  • Engage with the Napa Green community. Join us for operational and communications workshops, Happy Hours, and the bi-annual Napa Green Champion Celebration.
  • 10% discount on CUPA Haz Mat permit fees, and discount from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Regulatory peace of mind.

INTEGRATED RESOURCE AUDIT: A core step in the process of becoming a Napa Green Winery is the “Integrated Resource Audit” – a one-stop energy, water and waste assessment with an expert engineer. This is part of what makes the Napa Green Winery certification so unique and valuable. These audits baseline resource metrics so wineries can track changes and improvements over time. In addition, the Audit identifies opportunities to improve energy and water efficiency (saving $ and staff time) and increase recycling & composting.

Napa Green wineries receive a full Resource Audit at the start of certification and again every six years, with an Abbreviated Resource Audit every alternating three years as part of re-certification.

Audit Costs: The wineries that have implemented key Audit recommendations have had this investment repaid several times over. Please note, NVV provides a 20% audit cost match for their members.

WINERY CERTIFICATION FEES COMING APRIL 2021: Over the past five years Napa Green has identified more than $1.8 million in energy savings opportunities for winery members, helping them save more than $900,000 on electricity costs alone. Napa Green wineries have saved more than 12,600,000 gallons of water and 4,100,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.

Since Napa Green has become an independent non-profit we are implementing certification fees comparable to other sustainable winegrowing programs. These fees will cover a portion of the staff time that goes into facilitating certification, annual desk audits, re-certification and interim assistance. Existing members will receive a 10% discount on the first year’s fees.

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Sustainability begins in the vineyard and goes right through to the bottle....And check this out: Glass represents about one-third of the carbon footprint of wine, so, in keeping with the lightness of the wine, we've chosen the lightest bottle we can find.

-Chris Howell, Winemaker, Cain Vineyard and Winery


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Online Training Video

Napa Green Ambassador Training

Watch online: anytime, anywhere

What does it mean to be Napa Green Certified and how can it help you engage guests and differentiate your brand? Learn this and more in our Napa Green Ambassador program.

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Online Workshop

Conservation Burn Workshop
Fri, March 19, 2021
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for a virtual workshop about burning woody material like old grapevines in a way that greatly reduces particulate releases, captures carbon, and improves compost and soil health.

  • The environmental benefits of conducting a conservation burn compared to a conventional burn.
  • How to properly prepare grapevine piles for a conservation burn.
  • How to safely perform a conservation burn.
  • Production of biochar after a conservation burn and its benefits to vineyard soils.
  • The Low Smoke Agriculture Burning Program in Napa County.


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