If we as an industry do not reduce and manage our impact on our lands and environment we risk the future of Napa Valley wine.
Napa, California (PRWEB) February 03, 2014
Napa Valley’s Signorello Estate is proud to announce it recently was awarded the Napa Green Certified Land status. Signorello earned certification for its use of best practices in land use and environmentally sound farming methods aimed at protecting and enhancing the regional watershed. Napa Green is the wine industry's most comprehensive "best practices" program for land-use.
Signorello Estate is located in southern Napa Valley off Silverado Trail and is comprised of 100 acres of land encompassing 40 planted acres of primarily hillside vineyards.
“We are very proud to gain certification though the Napa Green program because it confirms our commitment to working within Napa’s natural environment rather than working against it,” said owner Ray Signorello.”
The Napa Green Land certification project works in partnership with Fish Friendly Farming, National Marine Fisheries Service, the Napa County Department of Agriculture’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Among the areas examined by the certification team and that Signorello Estate was required to address are restoration of wildlife habitat, healthy riparian environments, reducing water use while assuring drainage of vineyard land is monitored and reduces possible erosion, appropriate cover crop use, avoidance of chemical use, reduced vehicle traffic flow, as well as assuring wildlife movement is unobstructed.
“Too often people think of sustainable farming and sustainable grape growing in terms of merely meeting cultural expectations, but it means much more than this. The fact is, if we as an industry do not reduce and manage our impact on our lands and environment we risk the future of Napa Valley wine,” added Signorello.
First founded in the mid 1970s as a vineyard and with wine production beginning in 1985, Signorello Estate today occupies 100 acres in Napa Valley where it produces an array of wines. Signorello Estate produces 7,000 cases of wine annually and is open to the public. For more information on Signorello Estate visit: http://www.signorelloestate.com.