A local grapegrower is suing Napa Vision 2050 for libel over an Internet article that he said falsely claimed he ripped out vernal pools and terrorized animals on Atlas Peak to plant grapes.
Napa Vision 2050 is a coalition of local environmental and community groups involved in the county’s growth battles. A major front has been the spread of vineyards into the mountains and hills that form Napa Valley.
Vintner Igor Sill filed the lawsuit in Napa County Superior Court. The suit claims that the Napa Vision 2050 article made false statements that exposed him to hatred, contempt and ridicule and cost him at least $100,000 in Internet wine sales.
Napa Vision 2050 President Dan Mufson replied to Napa Valley Register questions in an email.
“Napa Vision 2050 denies the portrayal of the contents of the complaint and will aggressively defend the lawsuit,” Mufson said. “Defense counsel is currently working on our response. We expect to be fully vindicated.”