Certifications & Initiatives

“Sustainable winegrowing not only improves wine quality, but helps us compete in the global market place where consumers are increasingly interested in knowing that the foods and wines they enjoy are produced in an environmentally friendly manner.” –Robert P. Koch, President & CEO of Wine Institute.

California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance

The partnership Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) established nearly a decade ago in the form of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) to position the California wine community as a leader in sustainability. CSWA’s mission is to ensure that the California wine community is globally recognized as the leader in sustainable winegrowing. The Hess Collection was a key stakeholder and instrumental in the development of The Code of Sustainable Winegrowing workbook, which has ultimately led to what is now known as a certification program called Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW).

Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing

The Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices workbook was developed and updated by California growers and vintners with input from experts and key stakeholders. It is a voluntary self-assessment program open to the entire California winegrape community who are interested in benchmarking their current practices and taking steps to improve over time.  Growers and vintners who participate in and complete the self-assessment have the option for certification through third-party verification. Becoming Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing ensures that the winery and/or vineyard is adopting and implementing sustainable practices, meeting defined prerequisite practices to ensure that key sustainable areas are addressed, and continuously improving their practices each and every year that they are certified.  The Hess Collection’s winery facilities and vineyards are Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing by the CSWA.

“Napa Green Certified Winery is a Napa-specific set of sustainable business practices developed for wineries. The NVV is working closely with our partners at the Napa County Department of Environmental Management and the Association of Bay Area Governments as third party certifiers. Certified wineries demonstrate a commitment to conserving water and energy, reducing waste and preventing pollution. The efforts of Napa Green Certified Winery are aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of wine production facilities as part of the broader view of excellent business.” -Napa Valley Vintners Association

Napa Green

A comprehensive environmental certification program, Napa Green was developed by the Napa Valley Vintners. The program focuses on environmentally sound farming and production methods that meet and exceeed more than twenty local, state and federal “best practices”. Completely voluntary, participants develop farm-specific plans taylored to protect and enhance ecological diversity, or create production facility plans that reduce energy and water use, waste and pollution. Napa Green is independently certified and open to all Napa County vinters and growers. The Hess Collection is certified Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery.

Napa Green Certified Land

Developed to help restore, protect and enhance the Napa River watershed. Farm-specific plans are developed and unique to each owner’s property.  The assessment includes not only farmed land but also non-farmed and wild land, roadways, stream banks and drainages among others within a specific property. The certification is in partnership with Fish Friendly Farming, National Marine Fisheries Service, Napa County Department of Agriculture’s Department of Pesticide Regulation and the Regional Water Quality Control Board, among others.

Napa Green Certified Winery

Napa Green Certified Winery is a set of sustainable business practices aimed at conserving water and energy, reducing waste and preventing pollution. Napa Valley Vintners work closely with the Napa County Department of Environmental Management and the Association of Bay Area Governments as third party certifiers.

1% For The Planet

Since 2002, 1% For The Planet has inspired the business community to contribute 1% of sales to environmental groups. The Hess Collection participates by donating 1% of sales from the winery’s Small Block Series wines, sold only on-line and at the winery, designating the funds most often for the Land Trust of Napa Valley, which manages the Archer Taylor Preserve near the winery’s Mount Veeder home.

Bay Area Green Business Program

The Bay Area Green Business Program is a partnership of environmental agencies, professional associates, waste management agencies, utilities and concerned public citizens working together to recognize and assist businesses that operate in an environmentally friendly manner. To obtain membership The Hess Collection has complied with all environmental regulations and has taken the necessary steps to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution, such as using more efficient lighting, purchasing in bulk, watering landscapes efficiently, recycling cardboard, using less toxic products, etc.

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program

In 1999, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program was created to heighten public awareness about sustainable seafood and to inspire conservation of our Oceans. The program is a collaboration and partnership between seafood producers, suppliers and business partners who are committed to only sell environmentally sustainable seafood. The Hess Collection’s dining room and kitchen only serves seafood in compliance with Seafood Watch and was the 28th facility to do so since the program’s inception.

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