Cheers to Keeping Napa Valley Forever Green

Sustainable Travel

We love sharing our valley with you, and we hope you treat it as home, so we can share it with visitors for years to come.

We know sustainability is just as important to you as it is to us, so please help us in protecting the region’s natural beauty.

Here, you’ll find useful tips on how to be a sustainable traveler, and a list of some of our green wineries and most eco-friendly hotels.

 
 

How are we keeping Napa Valley

Forever Green?

Napa Valley is heavily invested in its agricultural land, becoming America’s first designated Agricultural Preserve in 1968. This zoning ordinance was the first of its kind, protecting agriculture for many future generations.

This means the valley’s sweeping landscapes are protected from urban sprawl. The Napa County Agricultural Preserve affects everything from how close to the road vines can be planted, to where on a hillside a house can be built. It originally protected 26,000 acres of the valley floor and foothills, and has since grown to 38,000 acres.

Here in Napa Valley, we embrace conservation and land stewardship, including the wineries, restaurants, and hotels, which continue to make sustainable and eco-friendly practices a priority.

 

Green Wineries

There are more than 90 Napa Green Certified Wineries, and the Napa Valley is home to 40% of all certified sustainable wineries in California.

Many of the Napa Valley’s most iconic wineries pride themselves not only on making exceptional wines, but on being sustainability leaders. From soil to bottle, Napa Green Certified vintners make a long series of thoughtful decisions that steward the land and conserve resources:

 

Stewardship from Soil to Bottle

1
All Napa County vineyards and wineries are situated within the Napa River watershed, teaming with life.
2
The leaders and stewards recognized as Napa Green Land have developed a custom Farm Plan focused on preventing erosion and keeping soils where we want them – in the vineyards.
3
Vineyard managers evaluate pesticides used in the vineyard (generally minimal) and work to ensure they are using low- or no-risk inputs.
4
In the winery a “Green Team” works to integrate sustainability throughout the whole facility – including crush pad, tanks and barrel cellars, caves, staff offices and the tasting room.
5
Awareness and monitoring of all activities is important, including water used for tank and barrel cleaning, efficient lighting and other resource saving technologies.
 
Did You Know?

Rutherford AVA Leads the Way in Sustainable Winegrowing

Rutherford is the first appellation to achieve 100% participation in the Napa Green Land program.

 

Other certifications you might see for our wineries

Biodynamic
Farming avoids synthetic chemicals and views the vineyard as an entire ecosystem. Wines are made without common manipulations such as yeast additions or acidity adjustments.

Organic
The wine is either made from organically grown grapes, without any added sulfites, or it’s made from certified organically grown grapes.

LEED certification
The winery itself has been built and is operated in an ecologically sound manner: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material selection, and environmental quality.


 
 
 

Sustainable Travel Tips

 
  • Although the vineyards seem to call for long walks through them, the delicate balance of the vines, earth and cover crop beg to remain untouched.
  • Buy local goods and produce at our Farmers' Markets – the city of Napa's is held year-round on Saturdays.
  • Rent a bike or walk when convenient, the Napa Valley Vine Trail connects the city of Napa and Yountville.
  • When hiking, stick to marked trails – it's safer for you and preserves your beautiful surroundings.
  • Drive an electric vehicle – Napa Valley has many charging stations throughout the valley. Many hotels, wineries and public parking spaces, as well a supercharger stations at Napa Premium Outlets and Allied Clean Fuels in south Napa.
  • Pack it in, pack it out. Don't leave trash behind at parks, wineries, etc.
  • Always have reusable bags in your car for all of the purchases you're sure to make!
 

Napa Valley Farmers Market

Napa Valley Bike Tours

 
 

Eco-Friendly Lodging

Napa Valley has helped put green luxury on the map. While the majority of our hotels and resorts are committed to sustainability, water conservation, and green housekeeping practices, a handful of properties go above and beyond when it comes to eco-friendly amenities.
 

Tips for how to be sustainable during your stay

  • You don't wash your sheets every night at home, so maybe skip the daily wash and do it every other day – the same goes for towels.
  • Have a chat with the front desk or housekeeping staff to see what sustainability policies they already have in place that you can take advantage of.
  • Separate your trash and recycling. If your room doesn’t have two separate bins, ask for another from the front desk.
  • Bring your own reusable water bottle, and ask the staff to bring up a pitcher for your wine tasting ride. (Most wineries provide water along with a tasting.)
 
Did You Know?

Bardessono, in Yountville, is one of the few Platinum LEED-certified (the highest standard for environmental design) hotels in the United States.