Welcome to Sequoia Grove’s Green Team!

Beyond the Bottle

The giant trees that tower over us are a perfect reminder of our small existence on the planet. We have a strong commitment to protecting our planet, as it provides us with the land and resources we need to craft our beautiful wines. We are certified sustainable by Napa Green Winery and Land, a third-party certifier with rigorous requirements. We have taken our environmental message beyond the winery by becoming a 1% for the Planet Member with proceeds going to Save The Redwoods League to protect and preserve coastal redwood habitat.


Would you like to feel more comfortable and confident talking about Napa Green Winery and the new Napa Green Vineyard certification and sustainable winegrowing? Want to have a quick answer ready when people ask, “What is the difference between sustainable and organic?”

Interested in new ideas to engage guests, differentiate your wines, and share your sustainability story in the tasting room, on social media, and on other communications channels?

Join the Napa Green Ambassadors workshop covering:

  • What is sustainability?
  • What does it mean to be Napa Green?
  • Market studies and evidence that consumers care.
  • Beneficial birds and animals in the vineyard – fun facts like opossums are immune to snake venom.
  • Tips and tools for sharing your sustainability story on social media.
  • Examples of how Napa Green members share their sustainability stories.


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Say ‘hello’ to this quarter’s Green Team!

Josh Hoover

Assistant Winemaker

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  • Designing cover crop and mulching programs to control vine vigor through natural means, thus reducing fertilizer requirements. 
  • Shredding vine waste to use as mulch instead of burning. 
  • Hand weeding, adding clove oil, and other sustainable practices to remove weeds as opposed to using glyphosate products. 
  • Following integrated pest management techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant rootstock varieties.
  • Removing vines showing any sign of disease immediately and replanting, thus limiting the exposure to neighboring vines. 
  • Planting all new blocks with an additional drip line strictly for re-plants, thus not wasting water irrigating the entire vineyard for only a few vines. 
  • Planting specific cover crops to each of the soil types in our vineyard and practicing alternate-row tilling – this builds our soil health and increases our carbon sequestration.
  • Sacrificing vineyard land to the “Rutherford Reach” project to restore the flow and natural habitat of the Napa River.
  • Social Equity, Justice and Inclusion standards that incorporate direct input and feedback from farmworkers.
  • Sequoia Grove was proudly one of the first 5 wineries to be certified under the new more stringent Napa Green standards.
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  • Monitoring all water usage monthly for possible leaks and unusual patterns.
  • Planting drought-tolerant landscaping and installing drip irrigation to provide precise watering on flowers and grasses.
  • Installing energy efficient lighting, HVAC, and winery equipment connected to “smart” controllers.
  • Managing our stormwater runoff with a deep bioswale intended to capture and filter water while recharging the aquifer.
  • Using recycled paper and cardboard materials made with 50% to 100% post-consumer waste.
  • Using an energy management software that efficiently manages cellar and tank heating/cooling through set points and utilization of cool night-time air.
  • Recycling wooden pallets, cardboard, natural cork, capsules, and accepted plastics.
  • Composting spent grape pomace and other landscape trimmings.
  • Reducing our carbon footprint by requesting full shipment loads and backhauling. 
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As an agricultural business, we rely on the environment to make what we do possible. To further our commitment to sustainability, Sequoia Grove Winery is now 100% powered by renewable energy through the Deep Green program with Marin Clean Energy. Being a certified Green Business is an important step forward in our drive for sustainability and quality at Sequoia Grove. We are committed to taking action to conserve resources and prevent pollution, and we’re proud to be 100% powered by renewable energy.

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Sequoia Grove Winery is proud to be a 1% for the Planet member. 1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving. It recognizes that the current level of environmental giving—only 3% of total philanthropy—is not enough to solve the most pressing issues facing the planet. Through its business and individual membership programs, 1% for the Planet inspires people to support environmental organizations through everyday actions and annual commitments. Their team advises on giving strategies, certifies donations, and amplifies the impact of the network. Learn more at www.onepercentfortheplanet.org.

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Sequoia Grove Winery is proud to support the nonprofit Save the Redwoods League. For us, the coastal redwood tree is more than just our brand icon; it’s a symbol of persistence, fortitude and interconnectedness. These magnificent trees represent a true sense of place along a narrow strip of the California coast, just like our Vineyard Series wines. One of the nation’s oldest conservation organizations, Save the Redwoods League has been protecting and restoring redwood forests since 1918, connecting generations of visitors with the beauty and serenity of the redwood forest. Our 24,000 supporters have enabled the League to protect more than 216,000 acres of irreplaceable forest in 66 state, national and local parks and reserves. For more information, go to www.savetheredwoods.org.

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