What does it take to become certified as a green winery? Practice sustainable farming, use earth-friendly packaging, become 100% green powered and practice water reduction by reusing and recycling. Further, to be biodynamic certified, the grower must set aside a minimum of 10% of their total acreage for biodiversity. It does make sense that perfectly ripened organically grown grapes offer purer flavor and greater fruit intensity reflective of the soil.

If you’re planning a tour of the Napa Valley wine country, we suggest you stay at Bardessono Resort Napa Valley. One of only three hotels in the world to be LEED platinum certified, Bardessono partners with the non-profit organization Land Trust of Napa County. Bardessono’s restaurant sources from local Napa Valley growers, farmers markets and the restaurant’s own on- and off-site culinary gardens. Their extensive wine list highlights renowned small producers from around the world. Many organic, sustainable and biodynamic vintners, like the Eisele Vineyards have made the commitment to biodynamic farming practices, as have our previously reviewed Oregon’s Hamacher Wines, Napa’s Shafer Vineyards, and New Zealand’s Seresin Estate vineyards.

There are many online grape and industry resource websites for winegrowing states. A new cottage industry is emerging like The Sustainable Vineyard located in Vancouver, WA, which works with small boutique sustainable vineyards to help them grow the highest quality grapes.  We recently discovered a convenient online shopping resource, the Organic Wine Company, which is committed to providing wines “with body (structure), heart (maker’s pulse) and spirit (connection with nature)!”

All this makes for exciting times to be in the business of wine making, especially when it comes to organic and biodynamic farming. Are you a grower or a consumer? We’d love to tell your story.