Since we opened the doors to the Larkmead winery in 2005; we have been content to go about our business. Day in and day out we strive to grow Napa's finest grapes, make world class wines and open our tasting room doors to allow you to share in our experience. The facility at Larkmead is designed as a very efficient and effective workplace and since the beginning the staff has always been conscientious in their approach to our space and the environment around us. It has been paramount to us to respect our land, our community, our past, our present and our future. We've taken quiet, but deliberate steps to accomplish our goals; from sustainable farming and water conservation to supporting energy efficiency by giving back 30% of our energy to the Napa grid through our Solar panel installation and supporting Pacific Gas & Electric's Climate Smart program that makes Larkmead a Carbon Neutral energy consumer.
These efforts were recognized during an inspection of our facility on July 27th. And we are proud to say that we were informed by the Napa Valley Department of Environmental Management and the Association of Bay Area Government’s Green Business program, Larkmead has been recognized as a
Napa Green Certified Winery
The mission statement for the program is in line with our business philosophy - "to implement beneficial and verifiable environmental practices through; preserving and enhancing the environment of the Napa Valley, demonstrating a commitment to our community, and providing leadership for the wine industry."
We are not the first winery to take these steps to keep the Agricultural Preserve in focus. And we will not be the last. But we are happy to say, similar to our history when Larkmead was part of the founding members of the Napa Valley Vintners Association in 1944, that we are part of the founding members of the Green Winery program. With the program in its infancy, we are one of just under 10% of the Napa Valley Vintner members who can call themselves certified “Green” – some of those members include Araujo, Cakebread, Chateau Montelena, Etude, Merryvale, Opus One, Schramsberg and Spottswoode. Together we are attempting to sustain great winegrowing through the next generation. That is something we all should raise a glass to.
Dan Petroski, Associate Winemaker