It’s not often that a wine country experience and a walkable downtown setting in one of the country’s best small cities are one and the same. Elizabeth Chambers Cellar, Brittan Vineyards, The Eyrie Vineyards, R. Stuart & Co Winery, and Winderlea Vineyard & Winery have teamed up with Flag & Wire, Valley Commissary, Community Plate and the Atticus Hotel to create a walking winery tour showing off their McMinnville location and its best-of-both-worlds vibe. The walking tour aspect is fitting: they’ve chosen SNACK (Student Nutrition and Activity Clinic for Kids), a local nonprofit that provides free fitness and healthy living experiences for local kids and their families, as their Loop benefactor.
“We are very committed to supporting our McMinnville community, so we chose a local nonprofit with a cause that is near and dear to our hearts: teaching children how to live a healthy lifestyle,” says Ellen Brittan of Brittan Vineyards. “Helping them start out life with a healthy approach to diet and activity will make a lasting contribution to their lives, and to our community.”
As Maria Stuart of R. Stuart & Co. points out, this collaboration reflects the local culture well. “McMinnville has always been known for its wonderful community spirit, and you’ll feel that as you explore our vibrant downtown,” she says. “The wineries who choose to make their homes here want to continue to nurture that spirit. The SNACK program represents so much that we value, in teaching kids how to live healthy lives while enjoying great food and fun activity.”
The SNACK program helps kids and their families develop healthy nutrition and fitness habits for life, says SNACK Executive Director Katie Sours, explaining that the program trains Linfield College student interns to teach participating families skills and strategies for healthy living.
Sours adds, “SNACK partners with Yamhill Community Action Partnership and McMinnville Parks & Recreation to offer cooking classes and fitness sessions; provides fun and healthy activities at local after-school programs; and coordinates semi-annual community health fairs to connect families to local healthy lifestyle resources. All services are provided at no cost to participants enrolled in the program.”
A portion of a portion of tasting fees, wines sold by the glass, food and coffee will benefit S.N.A.C.K.