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Sustainable Travel in Napa Valley

With seemingly endless rows of vineyards, luscious grapes peeking through the vines, and magnificent mountain ranges on either side of this wine-filled oasis, Napa Valley is easily one of the most beautiful destinations in the world — we love sharing it with you, and we hope you treat it as home, so we can share it with visitors for years to come.

The wineries, restaurants, and hotels within the valley have made sustainable and eco-friendly practices a priority, having embraced conservation and land stewardship for more than 50 years, meaning it’s basically in our nature. In 1968, Napa Valley was designated America’s first Agricultural Preserve. Translation? The valley’s sweeping landscape is set aside for growing — not building.

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

 

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 Farmer's 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!
 

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Napa Green Wineries

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Developed by the Napa Valley Vintners, more than 250 wineries are certified Napa Green in protecting the land and conserving valuable resources. How does a winery become a green winery? Winery ‘green teams’ ensure that every delicious, high-quality wine created in the Napa Valley doesn’t compromise on sustainability, taking the steps listed below:
 

Making a Napa Green Wine

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In a commitment to minimizing water usage while still maximizing grape quality, vintners choose a vineyard layout and type of rootstock based on what is best for the soil and the vine.
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Cover crops are planted to enhance soil fertility and water-holding capacity while preventing erosion.
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Vineyard managers utilize natural predators, like bluebirds and owls, to keep the ecosystem in balance and manage pests and disease.
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Vines are pruned and monitored throughout the season until they are harvested in the early morning hours to preserve their quality.
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As the fruit is brought to the winery for processing, Napa Green wineries must minimize water and energy usage throughout the process.
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As a wine ages, the winemaking team monitors the flavors, aromatics and mouthfeel desired. After months of aging in tanks and barrels, the wine is ready to be bottled.
 

Other certifications you might see for our wineries

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

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.

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 indoor environmental quality.

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Did you know this about Napa Valley?

Rutherford AVA Leads the Way in Sustainable Winegrowing

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

 

Napa Valley's best-known sustainable wineries

Eco-Friendly Hotels

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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 when you need some water, ask the staff to bring up a pitcher so you can have water along for the wine tasting ride, without wasting any plastic. (Most wineries provide water along with a tasting, so no need to carry around a water bottle if you don't want to.)
 

Napa Valley's most eco-friendly hotels

Conscious Transportation

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Transportation is a must when you’re looking to explore any destination. Luckily, the Napa Valley has various ways to get around, that don’t involve a car. Plus, the temperate climate means that for much of the year, you can get around enjoying the fresh air.

 

Rent a Bike Or Take The Napa Valley Vine Trail

Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, in a group of friends, or with kids, you should check out the Napa Valley Vine Trail. From Napa to Calistoga, there are bike rental shops to outfit you with your own wheels. The Napa Valley Vine Trail will take you from downtown Napa 15 miles north on a continuous, level bike path to Yountville. And, there’s plenty to do along the way!

Or head out from one of the up-valley towns and explore the crossroads between Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail. Cycling among vineyards out in the fresh air is one of the best possible ways to experience the valley. Just remember that bikes and alcohol don’t mix any better than drinking and driving cars!

 

Ride the Rails

The Napa Valley Wine Train is a great way to see the lower half of the valley (from Napa to St. Helena) from the comfort of a vintage railway car. The train departs downtown Napa and takes you on a 36-mile round-trip journey to St. Helena and back, stopping at notable wineries along the way. You can choose from several featured experiences, including the Castle Winery Tour, Romance on the Rails, and the Grgich Hills Estate Evening Winery Tour. Each includes a multi-course gourmet lunch or dinner and private-label wines.

 

Take a Tour Or Carpool

Sit back, relax, and let the local experts whisk you around the Napa Valley. Your options are vast, from riding around on a bicycle, electric tuk-tuk, or a private tour in a town car, limo or party bus with your friends. If you want to take a car, make an effort to carpool if you're all headed to the same destination. If you're at a hotel and calling an Uber, use Uberpool.