APRIL 5, 2023 | Charles Krug Winery, Carriage House

Exclusive Event Sponsor - MCE

Thank you to our exclusive event sponsor MCE. 

Check out this short video highlighting MCE’s commitment to sustainability!

MCE is a not-for-profit, public agency that has been setting the standard for clean energy in California since 2010. MCE offers 60-100% renewable power at stable rates, significantly reducing greenhouse emissions and reinvesting millions in local programs.

7:45 AM - Registration

8:00 AM - Mentor -OR- Show and Tell workshops

OFFSITE workshop

Offsite Mentorship Workshop:
Creating a Microgrid for Green Energy, Cost Savings & Resilience

Join Remi Cohen, CEO and Stacey Ellis, Capital Projects Manager at Domaine Carneros in a live conversation with mentee Jon Priest, Senior Winemaker & General Manager at Etude, about key considerations, needs and first steps to create a combined solar & battery microgrid. Microgrids generate onsite renewable energy, shave peak loads, can keep the winery running during power shutoffs and outages, reduce electricity and diesel use and cost, and build operational and financial resilience. Remi and Stacey will share insights and lessons learned in installing their new microgrid and help their mentee develop an initial plan of action.

onsite workshop

Onsite Show & Tell Workshop:
During this workshop you’ll get to visit two stations:

Station One – EV Tractor Charging w/MCE & Solectrac: Chris Kubik, Senior Business Development Manager at MCE, will share what it takes to install EV chargers and available rebates and incentives. Can these rebates be used for fleet chargers? Yes, they can. Steve Heckeroth, Chief Innovation Officer and Chairman of the Board at Solectrac, will share their EV tractor, talk about how they are charged, and how this ties into rebates and incentives.

Station Two – Carbon Capture w/Earthly Labs: Curious about carbon capture off of fermentation tanks, and market resale? Join Amy George, President at Earthly Labs, as she shares the how and why of carbon capture, and pilots with Trefethen Family Vineyards and Opus One Winery.

9:15 AM - BREAKFAST HOUR with Sustainable Services & Solutions Networking

Coffee, treats and networking with our “Sustainable Services & Solutions” partners, including MCEAmorim, CLEAResult, Earthly Labs, PowerFlex, Saverglass, Solectrac, Sunlight Electric, Napa Green, and others.

10:15 AM - Welcoming Remarks

Welcoming remarks from Peter Mondavi, Co-Proprietor of Charles Krug Winery, Anna Brittain, Executive Director of Napa Green and Martin Reyes, MW, Co-Founder of RISE.

10:20 AM - Marquee Address from Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW

Marquee speaker

Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW is one of the most knowledgeable and impactful voices in the global wine industry. She’ll share her journey on how she became an advocate for ambitious industry climate action, and why she was compelled to spotlight the impact wine packaging decisions have on our resource use, emissions and costs. On average 30-50% of winery emissions come from packaging and distribution alone. In addition, with a 360-degree perspective on sustainability leadership, Jancis & her organization have collaborated with several industry social equity initiatives both in the UK and USA. We look forward to having Jancis join us and share her call to action as we launch RISE 2023.

11:00 AM - break

11:15 AM - RISE Leadership Award

The RISE Leadership Award will be presented to the winery, vineyard, or industry operation that has achieved outstanding energy efficiency & savings over the past year. The Awardee will give a 5-7 minute “TED Talk” on their results and impact.

11:30 AM - Living Room Salon:
The Energy : Water : Climate Nexus

living room Salon

It is critical that we take an integrated, whole systems approach to sustainability and climate action. When you save water you save the energy to transport, heat, and treat that water, reducing costs and emissions, and helping to address one of the most critical issues of our changing climate: water availability.

Erica Löfving, Chief Sustainability Officer with Vintage Wine Estates, will lead this Salon conversation. Jay Famiglietti, Global Futures Professor in the ASU School of Sustainability and former Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will share the 10,000’ perspective on California’s water and energy future, including water recycling. Matt Crafton, winemaker and de facto environmental manager at Chateau Montelena Winery, and Jason Moulton, winemaker at Whitehall Lane Winery, will share their best practices and innovations around energy and water efficiency, and the resource reliability and cost benefits of these practices.

12:30 PM - LUNCH & WINE


Enjoy wines from Charles Krug Winery and lunch by Elaine Bell Catering