What is Napa Green?
Napa Green is the wine industry's most comprehensive, "best practices" program for land-use and wine production. This voluntary program is focused on independently certified, environmentally sound farming and production methods that meet and exceed more than twenty 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.
I’ve been at this for 30 years and this is the best, most well-thought-out program I’ve ever seen.”
– Yvon Chouinard, Environmentalist and Founder of Patagonia®
Napa Green Certified Land
The Napa Green Certified Land program is a third-party certified, voluntary program for Napa County vintners and grape growers that seeks to restore, protect and enhance the regional watershed. The program includes not only farmed or vineyard land, but also non-farmed and wild land, roadways, stream banks, drainages, and more within a specific property.
Plan details are unique to each owner’s property and include restoration of wildlife habitat, healthy riparian environments and more in concert with sustainable agriculture practices. Approximately 57,000 acres are currently enrolled in the program and more than 32,000 acres are certified, with thousands more about to receive official certification. A majority (90%) of the Napa River watershed is in private ownership making this public/private partnership, Napa Green, vital to our community.
The certification is in partnership with Fish Friendly Farming, National Marine Fisheries Service, the Napa County Department of Agriculture’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the Regional Water Quality Control Board, among others.
Napa Green Certified Winery
Founded in 2008, Napa Green Certified Winery was developed by the Napa Valley Vintners in coordination with the Napa County Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and is based on the Association of Bay Area Government’s (ABAG) Green Business Program as a model due to its being a consistent, credible and recognized program with a long track record.
ABAG’s winery-specific checklist was updated and adopted as the certification method for Napa Green Certified Winery because it puts all the regulatory pieces into a comprehensive format that goes beyond compliance. The checklist includes water conservation, energy conservation, pollution prevention, and solid waste reduction elements and requires vintners to perform a comprehensive analysis of their operations. If a winery does not meet specific requirements, upgrades and adjustments will need to be made to achieve certification.
Enrollment is offered to a defined number of wineries so that they receive the attention and assistance they need, and so that the DEM can manage inspections and certifications. Recently, the ABAG program was adopted as the statewide standard for green businesses in California. Once the program is complete, the winery is certified by the DEM and California Green Business Program, providing independent third party certification.