Napa County Nonprofit Wins Grant to Promote Sustainable Viticulture
Napa Green, a nonprofit promoting sustainable viticulture, received a $456,000 block grant for specialty crops over three years.
The organization said the money will help it continue to certify that wineries implement programs such as carbon regenerative agriculture, energy and water conservation, waste prevention and the use of green purchasing practices.
Napa Green has set a goal of working with certified growers to become carbon neutral within six years and climate positive within nine years.
The first five producers to complete the new program and become Napa Green Certified Vineyards are Opus One Winery, Spottswoode Winery, Dominus Estate, Clif Family Winery and Sequoia Grove Winery.
An additional 42 growers are “actively transitioning to Napa Green Vineyard certification,” with 5,800 acres of vineyards and more than 13,700 total acres of land currently certified or in transition, the organization said.
Funding for the project, titled Tomorrow’s Vineyards: Advancing Climate Action and Social Equity in the Winegrape Industry, was made possible by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant 21SCBPCA1110.