The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) is a champion for an open and inclusive community and industry that welcomes individuals from all backgrounds. To help achieve this, the NVV has partnered with UNCF (United Negro College Fund) to establish a new scholarship program worth $1 million for people of color who wish to pursue degrees in wine industry subjects such as grape growing, winemaking, marketing, business, and more. The organization demonstrates its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity through its efforts to amplify the voices of diverse vintners and through educational and marketing campaigns. The NVV is dedicated to continuous learning, reflection, and action, and it holds itself accountable for expanding its internal policies and actions. Through this work and that of its member wineries, the NVV is commitment to be responsible stewards and leaders in social responsibility within the Napa Valley community.
We envision a world where every member of San Francisco can reach their full potential — by participating in local viticulture and building sustainable lifestyles through it. Together, we’re revitalizing the city as a diverse and equitable epicenter for locally-grown food, wine, and culture — and inviting everyone to contribute to lifting their community.
Co-Fermented is an organization dedicated to creating awareness and facilitating representation for the LGBTQIA+ community within the wine industry.
As a community that has experienced historical barriers of acceptance, identity, and representation, Co-Fermented seeks to create inclusive and safe spaces, as well as challenge the status quo that limits our self-being and expression through the use of educational tools, representation, and community building. Co-Fermented is committed to using wine as a conduit for narratives within gender and sexual diversity while elevating LGBTQIA+ identifying individuals and embrace the queer experience.
Heather Paulsen Consulting (HPC) works with mission-driven businesses to create an economy (and a world) that works better for all of us: owners, employees, suppliers, customers, our communities and the environment. Specializing in B Corp and Zero Waste certifications, sustainability-related strategic planning and facilitation – and increasingly leaning into regenerative business design – HPC has catalyzed initiatives to reduce carbon footprints, engage employees and suppliers, and ensure that business serves all stakeholders, not just shareholders. A Certified B Corp and member of 1% for the Planet since 2015, HPC has earned recognition for “Growing the B Corp Movement” (2016) and as “Best for the World: Changemaker” (2018).
Hispanics in Wine™ is a nonprofit organization dedicated to amplifying Hispanic/Latinx roots in the beverage and hospitality industries. Rooted in community and representation, its mission is to provide educational and career-advancementopportunities to the ever-growing Hispanic and LatinX community of beverage professionals in the United States and worldwide. From a comprehensive directory of wine professionals and strategic partnerships to an industry LatinX wine summit, scholarship opportunities, and more, Hispanics in Wine aims to connect, amplify, and support the ever-growing Hispanic and Latinx community, including wine entrepreneurs, producers, sommeliers, retailers, restaurants, vineyard stewards, and consumers.
The Hue Society, founded in 2017 by Tahiirah Habibi, is a trailblazing organization increasing Black, brown, and Indigenous representation and access in the wine industry. By connecting a prominent community of innovators, sommeliers, and winemakers, with a rapidly growing population of Black wine enthusiasts, The Hue Society is bridging the gap in economic inclusion and representation for communities of color.
The mission of the NV Farmworker Foundation is to support and promote Napa Valley’s vineyard workers through education and professional development.
The Farmworker Education Committee has been active in the community, hosting the Spanish Brown Bag Series and Napa County Pruning Contest, since 2001. The organization realized its full potential when founder, Arnulfo Solorio, presented his dream of creating a foundation to provide educational opportunities for farmworkers year-round. With overwhelming support, his vision became a reality, and the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation was established in 2011, the first grower-supported organization of its kind in the United States. Today, the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation provides a wide range of annual programs that focus on developing skills in the areas of adult literacy, vineyard operations & safety, leadership & management, mentorship, and family life. The farmworker community is critical to the success of the wine industry and the foundation is dedicated to creating a better future for all Napa County farmworkers and their families.
Arnulfo Solorio is a partner at Silverado Farming Company and recognized as NVG Grower of the Year in 2022. He continues to serve as the Vice President of the Farmworker Foundation Board and Chair of the Education Committee.
Redwood Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative whose mission is to passionately serve the best interests of our Members, team members, and communities. We provide exceptional service and the best overall value in financial services to help our Member- Owners achieve their financial goals and dreams. RCU is highly committed to giving back to the communities we serve, and to the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.” We are committed to our communities, to environmental sustainability, and to free financial education.
Wine Unify was founded on the belief that education is the cornerstone to progress in any field. Yet many ethnic and racial minorities experience significant barriers to entry – be it financial, mentorship, or a general feeling of exclusion. They seek to change that by fostering wine education for underrepresented minority groups, and amplifying the voices of the people of color who are already thriving within the wine industry. They do this by way of outreach, awards, and education, as well as various other elements within their initiatives.
Napa Green is a global leader in sustainable winegrowing, setting the highest bar for sustainability and climate action in the wine industry. Napa Green facilitates systematic soil to bottle certification for wineries and vineyards, and provides the resources, tools and connections to continuously level up leadership. In 2021, Napa Green was the first sustainable winegrowing program in the world to redevelop Vineyard certification standards to focus on climate action, regenerative carbon farming, and social equity. In 2022, Napa Green and community partners launched a first of its kind, six-event Climate & Wine Symposium (Napa THRIVES now RISE) with over 65 speakers and 600 total guests.