The first grapes in the Willamette Valley were planted in the Dundee Hills, and it remains the most densely planted locale in the valley and state. This loop, with stops at Erath Winery, Torii Mor, Bella Vida Vineyard, and Argyle, introduces visitors to this historical home of Willamette Valley Pinot noir while supporting the community’s health and future through Yamhill Community Action Partnership, founded in 1980. YCAP’s mission is to advocate for and assist people toward self sufficiency, whether that means helping with a utility bill, distributing food to pantries throughout the county, or connecting struggling young people with support and resources. (Pictured at left, Youth Outreach teens stand in Newberg to show support for those facing emotional and mental health issues.)
YCAP has four focus categories:
- client services and housing, which assists hundreds of individuals and families annually with transitional shelter and emergency financial support, among other services;
- energy services, which provided 1,500 clients with emergency utility bill support last year and weatherized over 30 homes;
- youth services, which include providing young people ages 11-21 with a safe place to hang out or stay overnight, longer term housing and life skills training;
- a food bank that collects and distributes 1.5 million pounds of food to over 35 partner pantries and sites.
The partners in Destination Dundee will be making donations to YCAP through a portion of tasting fees. Learn more about YCAP in this video.