Traffic Trouble in Napa (by wine-searcher.com)

Posted: January 8, 2013 by wynmaker in California, Cellars, Vinification, Vintage, Wine, Winemaking, Wineries, World wine news
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If the Napa Valley can’t reduce traffic to arrest global warming, does any other wine region have a chance?

 

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If you build it, they will come – in droves. But Napa Valley’s booming wine industry has created a buildup of traffic that is giving county planners a headache. Napa Valley has long been a leader in environmental responsibility, passing a landmark Agricultural Preserve law in 1968 that severely restricts development outside of cities, and its environmental behavior as a whole is right up to the mark. However, Napa County is finding that actually passing a Climate Action Plan isn’t easy. Last year, the county’s planning staff came up with a proposal that would have restricted wineries from expanding production facilities and tasting rooms without paying large penalties. Everyone seemed on board with the scheme until December, when the powerful Napa Valley Vintners organization led a push that sent the plan back to the drawing board. The vintners didn’t like some of the costs they would have had to pay, including carbon mitigation fees 10 times higher than those on the open market. But their biggest objection was the fact that the plan sought to take most of the carbon reduction from wine production, when the biggest culprit – by a large margin – is traffic.

 

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