NVG History

© Stephen Rothfeld

Napa Valley Grapegrowers Historic Accomplishments

When the Napa Valley Grape Growers Association was first formed, the founders’ aim was to create an organization that would focus on sustaining grape growing in the Napa Valley for years to come. The founding members gave a strong, independent voice to grapegrowers in the Valley and set an important precedent.

For more than four decades, the individuals who make up the NVG have been using that voice to foster sustainability, educate the community and promote the Napa Valley as one of the world’s premiere winegrowing regions.


1975 Napa Valley Grape Growers Association formed

1976 NVG actively involved in protecting the Napa Valley appellation through BATF hearings

  • Berryhill Bill passed with strong NVG support, resulting in the annual Grape Crush Report
  • NVG produced the first Production Cost Report for Napa Valley winegrapes
  • NVG developed the Bottle Price Formula, directly tying the price of grapes to the price of a bottle of wine

1977 NVG played a key role in lobbying that geographical and historical indicators be used to establish a wine’s appellation of origin

1985 NVG initiated the Winery Definition Ordinance, mandating that 75% of grapes in Napa wine must come from Napa Valley vineyards

1990 NVG actively supported Measure J

2004 NVG became an independent organization

2008 NVG hosts the first annual Harvest STOMP, supporting the organization’s mission to preserve and promote Napa Valley’s world-class vineyards

2011 NVG founded the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation to support and promote Napa Valley’s vineyard workers through education and professional development