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:

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

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.

Or learn about the Napa Green Certified VINEYARD Program

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



Napa Valley Sessions

The Big Picture: Understanding Sustainability Beyond Organics
Wed, April 14, 2021
5:30 pm

What does it mean to be a sustainable winery? How does sustainability certification both complement and go beyond farming ethics like organic? While traditional organic certification focuses on eliminating the use of synthetic inputs, we’ll discuss the broader goals and standards of genuine sustainability. Building on Napa Valley’s history of environmental leadership, three Napa Valley wineries will share their stories of integrating sustainability into their entire winery operations to maximize grape and wine quality, improve resource efficiency and prevent waste, lower their carbon footprint and increase their positive social impacts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the concepts of why sustainable certification goes beyond organics
  • Grasp the three main areas of focus for sustainability in winery and vineyard operations
  • Learn about Napa Valley’s history of environmental leadership and how it has shaped the valley for the future
  • Learn how Napa Valley wineries integrate sustainability into their business operations

Napa Valley Sessions

Sustainability: The Real Substance
Wed, April 28, 2021
12:00 pm

Sustainability is sometimes dismissed as lacking teeth and primarily serving as a marketing tool. We’ll discuss the rigor and substance behind Napa Green and other sustainability certifications, and why it is essential that conscientious businesses communicate with employees, customers and guests about how and what sustainability really is. Certified sustainable wineries and businesses are committed to continuing improvement in caring for the health of nature and the health of employees and community, which enhances the health and longevity of the businesses themselves. Join us to explore how three wineries put their bold sustainability words into action.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about how and why sustainability goes well beyond marketing
  • Explore concrete examples of how wineries are changing their operations
  • Explore intersection of sustainability and quality both of the work environment and the wine itself

Have questions about the program or certification process?