Grower of the Year

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Now accepting 2021 nominations!

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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