April 22, 2015
Today is Earth Day, a day when people around the globe celebrate the planet on which we all live. It’s a day to recognize sustainable practices and green initiatives – things not foreign to the Napa Valley. Napa Valley Festival del Sole is proud to partner with such incredible wineries, hotels and restaurants that focus on the environment and work tirelessly to lessen their impact on our earth.
Situated in the charming town of Yountville, Bardessono has been designed to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s (LEED®) Platinum certification, the highest standard for environmental design. This tranquil hotel’s core value is taking care of the environment, which is evident in its construction and design. The rustic, yet modern, woods throughout were milled from salvaged trees. Organic linens and cleaning supplies as well as recycling and composting are implemented here.
Festival del Sole's newest hotel partner is committed to environmental accountability, which can be seen in everything from their solar rooftop panels to the bikes staff and guests use to travel throughout the serene Calistoga property. There’s even an electronic car charging station for all you BMW i3 and Tesla owners. Its Michelin-rated kitchen serves locally grown, organic produce and carbon-filtered water.
In California’s fourth year of extreme drought, guests and locals alike will be pleased to find the grounds landscaped with native, drought-tolerant plants.
To learn more about Solage, home to this year’s Yoga In The Vineyard, please click here.
Since 2005, Ehlers Estate has been farming 100% organic grapes, earning it an official organic certification from the California Certified Organic Farmers in 2008. Ehlers implements only earth-friendly organic farming methods to help preserve the purity and character of the estate’s fruit. To learn more about Ehlers Estate’s social and environmental efforts, please visit them here.
At 92 years of age, Mike Grgich maintains his life-long commitment to being environmentally conscious. Always ahead of the curve, in 2006 he changed all of Grgich Hills’ vineyards to biodynamic practices and converted the winery to solar power. As Mike always says, “From our vineyard to your glass, naturally!”
To learn more about Grgich Hills Estate, please visit them here.
The stunning new HALL St. Helena Winery includes all structural requirements to qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating System. In fact, the new winery is the first in California to earn LEED Gold Certification™.
In addition to this structure, HALL practices environmentally sound operations, including using all natural products for weed and pest control, having all certified organic vineyards and shipping in recyclable and/recycled packaging. To learn more, please click here.
These are just a few examples of the commitment to environment Napa Valley institutions have made. We're honored to be a part of such an incredible and conscious community. Cheers!