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HARVEST COMMUNITY SUPPORT
When newer members of our community look back to their very first days in the Willamette Valley, they seem to always recall the incredibly warm welcome they received from their neighbors and peers—an unhesitating support system that told them at once they were part of something special.
Now, as we face challenges that shake our industry at every level, we know there is no way forward alone. It’s time for each of us to be the support system someone else needs, to fight for that community we love so much and to stand together to ensure that when this is all over we emerge strong.
Here are some of the ways our community members are supporting their neighbors and industry colleagues in need during harvest, and here’s how you can help.
Boedecker is launching a new label, a Pandemic Relief Willamette Valley Pinot noir for $15/bottle, and donating 5% of sales to Street Roots, a weekly newspaper that is “sold by people experiencing homelessness and poverty to earn an income.” They hope to have the product in stores for the fall holiday season.
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
A small group of Oregon winery owners and winemakers who share a Hispanic background have come together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th, 2020 in order to share our stories, display the diversity of the Hispanic cultures which span most of Latin America and Spain and, as small business owners, give back to the Spanish-speaking community in Oregon. See the list of participants here.
Each of our wineries will be offering a special wine or wine selection to commemorate this event and 10% of sales will be donated to the Latino Partnership Program of the Oregon Community Foundation which funds efforts within education, leadership development and community bridge building that address social and economic issues within Oregon’s Latinx/o community. As part of our celebration we will be holding two virtual panels where you will be able to hear from all of us, one in English and one in Spanish on Thursday, October 1st.
Natalie’s Estate donated 10% of wine sales to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their fight against blood cancer during the month of September. Check out our Facebook and Instagram for more information on how you can learn more and connect to local resources. This is a great opportunity to stock up on wine and help a good cause!
Sweet Cheeks Winery
Sweet Cheeks Winery is donating all tasting fees to United Way of Lane County to benefit wildfire response fund. All tasting fees collected from September 25, 2020 through October 4, 2020 will support local wildfire relief efforts. Learn more.