We are one Napa Valley. We share a wonderful quality of life, a sense of community and concerns for the future of this beautiful place. We depend on each other for the well-being of our citizens and our community. There are valid concerns that our collective success has created challenges in the areas of transportation, winery compliance and development, water and affordable housing. The wine industry cares about these issues, and we are committed to helping develop innovative solutions.
The Napa Valley Vintners has been part of the fabric of our community for more than 70 years, and has been instrumental in helping solve some of our county’s most pressing issues. We will continue to participate in important community discussions to address the concerns we all share. Recently, we served on the Agricultural Protection Advisory Committee where we supported thoughtful and balanced solutions to issues related to winery compliance and development in Napa County including: limiting new winery development; instituting mandatory use permit compliance reporting; limiting the use of variances; and asking for a broader forum to tackle Napa County’s greater growth issues.
We also provide education and resources to facilitate responsible winery water and energy use, including setting an ambitious goal that all our members achieve Napa Green Certification by the end of 2020; we are actively engaging and convening subject matter experts, thought leaders and policy makers on issues such as transportation; and we make grants of nearly $10 million a year to our nonprofit partners to ensure a stronger, better, healthier community for Napa County residents.
Napa Valley residents must work together toward a shared vision to protect our quality of life and this special place we call home. In addition to our continued work on the substantive and timely issues we face, we want to celebrate everything that makes Napa Valley what it is. This month, the Napa Valley Vintners is launching an initiative to honor our shared sense of community called In Our Napa Valley. You will begin seeing this phrase around town with examples of what makes Napa Valley distinctive.
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To learn about this initiative as well as our work on important issues, visit NapaVintners.com/OurNapa. And, please share your own photos celebrating the events, experiences, landmarks, activities, people and scenery that contribute to the quality of life we all care so deeply about by posting on social media using #OurNapa.
David R. Duncan
Chairman of the Board
Napa Valley Vintners