& SUPPLY CHAIN
For nearly 20 years, H&A has provided barrel management services to wineries and distilleries throughout the world. Conscious of the finite nature of oak barrels and the environmental impact of their use, they have made it their mission to extend the lifecycle of the barrels. H&A uses their financing solution as the vehicle to deliver their barrel management services, providing their partners with the necessary quality and traceability standards for each additional use of the barrels. H&A offers their partners a 100% barrel recycling guarantee. Their used barrel inventory can be used in variety of outlets based on age, condition, and quality. Their highest quality barrels are reused for winemaking, but they have options for older barrels as well. These barrels can transition into their seasoning program and eventually to distilleries as finishing barrels. Through these strategic global programs, H&A has been able to extend the lifecycle of the barrel to over 30 years for wineries of all sizes.
Location: Rutherford Hill Winery – Wine Caves
Join Molly Sheppard, Assistant Winemaker & Environmental Manager at Spottswoode Estate, in a live conversation with mentee Michael Coode, Winemaker at Rutherford Hill, about first steps to transition to lighter glass, including key considerations, adaptations, and challenges like supply chain and market/brand perception. Lighter glass requires less sand/cullet and energy to produce, lightens shipments and often reduces the number of shipments, reducing costs and emissions. This conversation will also touch briefly on other opportunities like kegs and refillable glass.
Station One – Future of Wine in Kegs w/Free Flow Wines: More and more restaurants are offering wine in kegs, including R+D Kitchen and Kitchen Door. Join Rich Bouwer, Chief Executive Officer of Free Flow Wines and Barclay Webster, VP of Business Development & Trade at Free Flow Wines to learn about the opportunities and challenges to offering wine in kegs.
Station Two – Refillable Bottles & 2024 CRV with Conscious Container: Napa Green wants to explore a collaboration with members to create a branded, refillable bottle that could be washed and reused 3-4 times. As of 2024, all wineries will have to work with the TTB to add CRV to their labels. Hear from Caren McNamara, Founder & CEO of Conscious Container, about refillable options and how the new CRV will accelerate closed loop solutions for wine bottles.
Coffee, treats and networking with our “Sustainable Services & Solutions” partners, including H&A Barrel Management, Free Flow Wines, Global Package, Green Cell Foam, Impackful Solutions, Napa Recycling & Waste Services (NRWS), Saverglass, Saxco, Teacher’s Resource Center, True Zero Waste, Upper Valley Disposal Services (UVDS), and Napa Green.
Tablas Creek Vineyard has long been recognized as a leader in Biodynamic and regenerative farming practices. In 2022, they became the first vineyard operation in the world to not only achieve Regenerative Organic Certification, but ROC Gold status. Less well known is their leadership implementing cutting edge packaging solutions. Tablas Creek approaches sustainability and climate action from soil to bottle, and even box. Jason Haas, the second-generation proprietor of Tablas Creek, recently penned an article titled, “Need another incentive to move to lightweight glass? How about $2.2 million over 14 years?” They not only moved to lightweight glass back in 2010, but they’ve put wine in stainless steel kegs, a few wines in bag-in-box (BIB), and eliminated the use of bottled water. We know that an average of 30-50% of winery emissions are attributable to packaging and distribution alone. Jason will share the story of their consumer-, retailer-, and distributor- facing initiatives and how they’ve built engagement.
The RISE Leadership Award will be presented to the winery, vineyard, or industry operation that has achieved outstanding waste prevention & greening of their supply chain over the past year. The Awardee will give a 5-7 minute “TED Talk” on their results and impact.
Once you’ve committed to being a sustainable, values-based business how do you engage your whole team and make it a part of your DNA? As you implement leading sustainable and climate action practices how do you best communicate these achievements to guests, retailers and distributors? How have other industry leaders approached PR campaigns and what have they learned?
During this Salon, Kelli A. White, Director of Education for the Wine Center at Meadowood, will lead the conversation. Sarah Unger, Co-Founder of CULTIQUE, will share examples of how their cultural analysis has transformed management and communications strategies; Linzi Gay, President of Clif Family Winery & Farm, will share how they build internal community and support the broader community; and Janie Brooks Heuck, Managing Director of Brooks Winery, in the Willamette Valley, will share how they’ve used data and feedback to get employees and guests engaged in their sustainability story.