Napa Valley is known for producing world-class wines, but it also is becoming a leader in sustainable farming. Largely responsible for this advancement is Napa Green, which many consider the wine industry’s most comprehensive “best practices” program for land-use and wine production.
What is Napa Green? It’s a voluntary program focused on independently certified, environmentally sound farming and production methods that meet and exceed more than 20 local, state and federal “best practices.”
Napa Valley vintners and growers develop farm-specific plans tailored to protect and enhance the ecological quality of the region, or create production facility programs that reduce energy and water use, waste and pollution. The Napa Green programs are open to all Napa County vintners and grape growers.
Napa County vintners participate in programs focused on winery operations and/or farming practices tailored specifically to each property to meet and exceed environmental compliance and continue to protect and enhance the ecological quality of the region.
This year, a number of the wineries are offering Earth Day-focused programs for visitors. Here’s a look at some of the scheduled events, along with descriptions from the wineries…
FRIDAY, APRIL 18
• Hagafen Cellars — Special green vineyard and winery tour. “We will highlight all of the vineyard and winery green and sustainable features that we have incorporated into our daily grape-growing and winemaking lives.”
• St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery — Vineyard and winery tour. “Join one of our experienced wine educators for a tour of our Napa Green certified Rutherford Estate Vineyard. Begin your tour with a tasting of our St. Supery Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc while you learn about our sustainable farming practices that keep our estate vineyard ‘green.’ Then, tour our Napa Green certified winery with an exploration of our wine cellar. Finally, enjoy three more specially selected sustainably farmed estate wines.”
• Peju Province Winery — “As a Bay Area green business and a Napa Valley Green winery, we invite you to celebrate Earth Day with us by enjoying a complimentary, additional reserve pour with any Classic Tasting (through April 22). Our 30-acre Rutherford estate is one of only 20 certified organic (CCOF) wineries in the Napa Valley and the grapes that we harvest for our Reserve Estate wines are 100% organically farmed.”
• The Hess Collection Winery — “Earth Day weekend will be celebrated on Mount Veeder at The Hess Collection with vineyard walks and an optional picnic lunch prepared by Hess Executive Chef Chad Hendrickson. Reservations, available online, are strongly suggested.” Events continue through April 22 and include an Earth Day Vineyard Immersion Walk With Lunch, and an Earth Day Vineyard Walkabout With Wine Tasting. “The Hess Collection is certified sustainable as part of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and the Napa Green program for both winery and vineyards. Hess Collection Small Block Series limited release wines generate donations to local environmental groups through the 1% For The Planet organization.”
TUESDAY, APRIL 22
• Domaine Chandon — “Please join us for a special, behind-the-scenes Earth Day tour of the winery, led by winemaker and our Green Team leader Joel Burt. Starting at 3:30, Joel will guide guests to key spots in the winery to explain the standards we adhere to in order to be part of the Napa Green Certification Program. The tour will end with a tasting of our Vintage Appellation wine series and our Pinot Meunier.”
Some wineries will host events over multiple days, so be sure to check the Napa Green event listing for all the details.
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Tomorrow: We head south to Temecula, Calif., for a look at what one winery in that growing region has planned for Earth Day.