Grower of the Year

© Sarah Anne Risk

2019 Napa Valley Grower of the Year Announced: 

Pete Richmond of Silverado Farming Company

NAPA, CA (April 10, 2019) – Longtime Napa Valley farmer Pete Richmond has been named as the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Napa Valley Grower of the Year award.  Richmond will be honored for his contributions to the Napa Valley grapegrower and farmworker communities on May 10 at the 44th Napa Valley Grapegrowers Annual Dinner.

In 2001, Pete Richmond founded Silverado Farming Company, which he currently owns and operates.  His passion for the farming community in Napa Valley runs through all facets of his business.  He is an understated but impactful advocate for growers and farmworkers alike.  To that end, Richmond quietly implemented “1% for the Community,” a program that donates 1% of Silverado Farming’s gross profits to fund initiatives supporting at-risk youth and agricultural workers.

Richmond’s passion for his community, and the workers who are the bedrock of Napa Valley’s success, is reflected in all his endeavors.  He currently serves on the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation board, Ag for Youth, the OLE Health Operation and Foundation boards, and as an advisory board member to Teen’s Connect.  He is a past board member for the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, the Napa County Housing Commission and Napa Valley Community Housing.

Born and raised in Northern California, Richmond graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in Agricultural Business.  His first job at Bien Nacido Vineyards  on the central coast sparked his lifelong love of grape growing and farming.  He later moved North to Napa Valley, where he worked in vineyard management for Stag’s Leap Winery, Atlas Peak Winery, and Kendall Jackson, before striking out on his own.  His grandmother, mother and son all graduated from Napa High and Richmond currently resides in Napa Valley with his wife and two children.

Richmond is known for his humble generosity, dry sense of humor, a deep love of the farmworker community, and his devotion to his wife, family, and two Labrador retrievers.  In his limited spare time, he enjoys woodworking and collecting baseball memorabilia.

Nominations for the Grower of the Year come from the NVG membership and the recipient is chosen by a special Selection Committee made up of Past Presidents, current leadership, and active committee members.  The award criteria are: a strong commitment to sustainable practices; recognized leadership in agricultural preservation; dedicated community focus, contributions to the Napa Valley community; and someone who actively promotes Napa’s reputation for the highest quality vineyards.

Each year, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers bestows the Grower of the Year award, one of the most prestigious awards in the industry, to a Napa Valley vineyard owner or manager who exemplifies leadership and innovation in our field. Nominations come from the membership, are reviewed by the Board of Directors, and the recipient is chosen by a select committee. Nominations must demonstrate excellence in the following areas:

Agricultural Best Practice & Innovation

  • Commitment to environmental, social, and economically sustainable viticulture in Napa Valley
  • Adoption of innovative viticultural techniques
  • Leadership in the preservation of Napa Valley agriculture
  • Known for farming high quality Napa wine grapes

Industry Advocacy

  • Has shown leadership and advocacy for the principles of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and is an outspoken advocate of Napa Valley winegrowing
  • Involvement in efforts that raise the awareness of quality wine grapes from Napa Valley
  • Actively promotes the concepts of how Napa is unique and extraordinary
  • Promotes a collaborative working relationship between growers and wineries

Community Focus

  • Contributes to the Napa Valley community-at-large through the dedication of their time, resources, and personal commitments