Napa Supervisor Dodd Elected to Lead Global Wine Tourism Group


11/12/2013 - St. Helena, CA — Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd was elected president of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network at its annual general meeting, held in early November in San Francisco and Napa Valley. The Great Wine Capitals is a network of ten major global cities from renowned wine regions established in 1998 to further economic growth within their wine and tourism industries. "Napa Valley’s participation, led by Supervisor Dodd, in Great Wine Capitals has strengthened our region’s position as North America’s wine capital, on par with the renowned partner regions of the world," said Linda Reiff, president and CEO of the Napa Valley Vintners, the non-profit trade association for the Napa Valley wine industry. Great Wine Capitals (GWC) has been helpful in protecting and furthering Napa Valley’s wine and tourism industries in several respects. Most notably:
  • GWC’s "Best of Wine Tourism" program has established an awards program for excellence that helps give international tourists a guidepost for businesses and experience that can help make their travel a great experience. Added confidence that a trip will turn out well dramatically increases the likelihood that it will get booked, and those tourism dollars will increase
  • GWC facilitated timely information and technology exchanges between European and Napa County’s agricultural commissioners that curtailed the 2009 entry of the European Grapevine Moth into our region and helped reduce it from becoming a major threat to grape crops
  • GWC sponsors a global educational grant program with its partner regions designed to foster innovation and excellence in wine tourism practices
In addition to the NVV, the San Francisco-Napa Valley chapter of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network is a partnership of San Francisco Travel, Visit Napa Valley, the County of Napa and the Napa and St. Helena Chambers of Commerce. About the Napa Valley Vintners The Napa Valley Vintners is the nonprofit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents nearly 500 Napa Valley wineries and is a leader in the worldwide wine industry. To learn more about our region and its extraordinary wines, visit

Contact: Rex Stults, Industry Relations Director, Napa Valley Vintners 707.968.4212 or Clay Gregory, President and CEO, Visit Napa Valley 707.260.0111