About Us

AHIVOY strengthens the Oregon wine community by empowering vineyard stewards through education.

AHIVOY is committed to:
Empowerment-we empower vineyard stewards through education by providing resources and opportunities useful to advance their careers in the Oregon wine industry.
Integrity-we act with integrity by being honest and true in pursuit of our mission. We strive to always do the right thing in a fair and responsible way.
Respect-we respect our organization and every member of our organization. We respect all vineyard stewards. We respect the partners and community members who work with us to pursue our mission.
Advocate-we advocate for vineyard stewards, because we value them as humans and the work they do to improve wine quality in Oregon. We advocate for increasing accessible educational opportunities. We advocate for a stronger Oregon wine community that is just, equitable and inclusive.
Communitywe create partnerships with individuals, businesses and organizations that understand the benefit of investing in and empowering people. We know that a community is stronger when it supports an inclusive environment where everyone feels empowered to share ideas and collaborate.

AHIVOY celebrates diversity and education. We honor racial equality and inclusiveness. We are committed to demonstrating that a community is stronger when every person feels empowered to share ideas and collaborate.  We believe that when a community  accepts, respects and values racial, cultural, and national differences, we all succeed in creating a better future.



Paying it Forward

Founded and led by successful Latinx wine professionals, the Asociación Hispana de la Industria del Vino en Oregon y Comunidad (AHIVOY) provides education and professional development opportunities to vineyard stewards in the Oregon wine industry.

In partnership with Chemeketa Community College  and Linfield University we have developed a wine industry professional training curriculum to further technical grape and wine knowledge while also creating awareness of potential career, entrepreneurial, and leadership opportunities in the wine industry.

This bilingual English and Spanish immersion program has been designed to expand opportunities in the wine industry, serving as a potential pathway to credit programs throughout the state at institutions serving the wine industry (Chemeketa, Linfield, Umpqua, Oregon State).

Pasá el Favor

Fundado y liderado por exitosos profesionales latinos del vino, la Asociación Hispana de la Industria del Vino en Oregon y Comunidad (AHIVOY) provee educación y oportunidades de desarrollo profesional para trabajadores en viñedos de la industria de vino en Oregón.

En asociación con Chemeketa Community College, hemos desarrollado un plan de estudios de entrenamiento profesional en la industria del vino para promover el conocimiento técnico de las uvas y el vino mientras tanto creando la conciencia de la posible oportunidad de profesiones, emprendedores y liderazgos en la industria del vino.

Este programa de inmersión Inglés ha sido designado para expandir oportunidades en la industria del vino, sirviendo como una manera potencial a programas de créditos por todo el estado en instituciones sirviendo la industria del vino (Chemeketa, Linfield, Umpqua, Oregon State).

Board of Directors & Board Members


Co-Founder | Jesús Guillén

Jesús Guillén (1980-2018) was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and moved to Oregon in 2002 after graduating from the Universidad Autonoma de Chichuahua with a degree in Computer System Engineering. He started working as a vineyard laborer in the Willamette Valley for Patricia Green, Laurel Ridge Winery and White Rose Estate. In 2008, he was promoted to winemaker. For his first two vintages at White Rose Estate, Wine Advocate gave more than 90 points for his 2008 and 2009 vintages, among the highest scores for Oregon wines up to that time. Subsequent vintages regularly earned high scores from other critics. Determined to have his own winery , Jesús started Guillen Family Wines in 2006 with his wife, Yuliana. He was named one of Top 40 under 40 Tastemakers of 2018 by the Wine Enthusiast and is one of the subjects of the documentary, Red, White, and Black: The Oregon Wine Story, about minority winemakers in Oregon. Eager to give similar opportunities to others working in the vineyards, Jesús teamed with Sofia Torres-McKay, and Miguel Lopez to form AHIVOY. The skilled manual labor that Hispanics provide in the vineyard is essential for making high quality wine. Give them opportunities to grow and also to learn more about the beautiful product they are helping create.Sadly, he did not live to see the rise of the association. His wife, Yuliana, has stepped into the role.

Co-Founder | Yuliana Cisneros-Guillén

Yuliana Cisneros-Guillén moved to the United States as a child from Jalisco, Mexico and grew up in Oregon. Until 2008 when her son, Adrián Guillén was born, she worked in tasting rooms at Wine Country Farms, White Rose Estate, and Sokol-Blosser. Yuliana started Guillén Family Wines in 2006 with her husband, Jesús, releasing their first vintage in 2007. She is now the sole proprietor of the label. For the past 11 years, Yuliana has been with Head Start of Yamhill County and is currently Early Head Start coordinator. She sits on the Finance Committee of the AHIVOY organization to help others onto a successful path in this great wine industry.

Co-Founder & Vice President | Sofia Torres

If there is someone proud about her heritage it’s Sofía Torres-McKay, Co-Owner of Cramoisi Vineyard and Winery and Co-Founder of AHIVOY (Asociación Hispana de la Industria del Vino en Oregon Y Comunidad) and she’s a prominent activist for Vineyard Stewards. Born in Mexico City, Sofía worked 19 years in the tech industry before moving to  United States in 2002 to pursue her career in corporate business. In 2011, Sofía (Mexican) and her husband Ryan McKay (Oregonian), both invested their money and took a chance on 10 acres of property in the Dundee Hills of Oregon where they planted vines and started living their dream making small lots of boutique Pinot noir! Now the only Latina Winery/Vineyard Owner in the Dundee Hills AVA, Sofía continues to be a passionate steward for diversity in the wine industry and teaches Vineyard workers the importance of Organic and Biodynimic farming. In 2019,  Sofia was appointed to the Regional Solutions Advisory Committee–Mid Willamette Valley–by Oregon State Governor, Kate Brown.  Active participant in the community, when Sofia is not working she is busy raising her two boys, Mateo and Johnathan, in a dual cultural household where both English and Spanish are spoken. As a Latina, she teaches her kids the importance of diversity and inclusivity and brings those values to all she does for the wine community.

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President | DeAnna Ornelas

DeAnna Ornelas has worked in the wine industry for more than eight years and is Tasting Room and Hospitality Manager at Winderlea Vineyard and Winery. Though originally from Kansas, her love of Oregon wine drew her to the Pacific Northwest in 2015. Since then, she has combined her love of wine with her passion for social justice, becoming a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Willamette Valley. In May of 2019, she spearheaded the first ever, comprehensive DEI training for wineries in the Willamette region, a joint venture between multiple producers. DeAnna is also actively involved in the Vineyard Steward movement and was first compelled to become involved in AHIVOY due to the lack of diversity in the positions of power in the Oregon wine industry. A proud Mexican American, DeAnna wanted to help those whose experiences resonated with her own.

Secretary | Cristina Gonzales

Cristina Gonzales is the granddaughter of migrant farm workers from Texas, who moved to Wisconsin to pick cherries in search of a better life. Her passion for wine began while traveling as a backpacker through South America in 2001 and landing in Mendoza, Argentina, the epicenter of South American Malbec. When she returned to the United States, she entered the wine industry and eagerly absorbed information any way she could, working harvests in California, Oregon, Tasmania, and Australia. She honed her skills at A to Z Wineworks/REX HILL in the Willamette Valley and in 2009, she finally launched Gonzales Wine Company, uniting winemaking experience from around the world with that first spark of inspiration in a glass of Malbec in Argentina. She resides in Portland, Oregon with her son and produces small-production wines in both California and Oregon.  

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Board Member | Neal Hulkower

Neal D. Hulkower, Ph.D., is an applied mathematician and freelance writer living in McMinnville, Oregon.  While he has been writing regularly about wine-related topics for academic, trade, and popular publications since 2009, his first contributions to a wine publication appeared in the early 1970s. He has reported on AHIVOY since it was first conceived in 2018.  Neal was a Field Coordinator for Slow Wine 2020 and 2021 Guides and Slow Wine USA Guide 2022. He is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. Previously, he was a senior executive at MCR and occupied three executive positions including President and CEO at RAF Technology. He also held positions of increasing responsibility at JPL, TRW, and MITRE. In addition, he taught mathematics at six colleges and universities. Neal can occasionally be found pouring some of Oregon’s finest in a tasting room at the top of the Dundee Hills.

Sam Parra wine

Co-Chair & Procurement | Sam Parra

Born and raised in St. Helena, CA, Sam was destined to be in the wine industry. After graduating from St. Helena High School he attended Napa Valley College before transferring to Sonoma St University. Sam has been active with philanthropic organizations for decades including in his hometown with the St. Helena IOOF Lodge. He also volunteered for the Napa Valley Wine Auction, Yountville Veterans Home and the Napa Valley Film Festival. After 15 years in the wine industry through Napa and Sonoma counties, Sam and his wife moved to the Willamette Valley in the summer of 2016. He continued his philanthropic efforts in Oregon volunteering for Salud! plus the Lutheran Community Services Northwest. In 2019 he launched PARRA Wine Co where his single vineyard Oregon wines will be sold strictly through his mailing list. In his spare time Sam loves to hike, cook, attending live music shows, organizing wine tasting groups and traveling. He has traveled through England, Netherlands, France, Spain and Portugal. Next on his list Italy and Switzerland. Sam lives in Dallas, OR with his wife Allison and their Boston Terrier Noelle.

Board Member| Bryan Berenguer

Bryan Berenguer holds an MSc. in Viticulture and Enology from a joint program between Montpellier SupAgro- France, Bordeaux Sciences Agro- France & Geisenheim University- Germany. He previously worked in vineyard management and winemaking in Europe before coming to Oregon to take a position as Faculty and Program Chair of the Vineyard Management degree at Chemeketa Community College. He also holds a WSET 3 in wines.

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Alejandro Avalos | Board Member

Committee Members

Education Committee
Bryan Berenguer
Elena Rodriguez
Miguel Lopez

Events & Marketing Committee
Sam Parra
DeAnna Ornelas
Cristina Gonzales
Victoria Yndira Marrero

Finance Committee
Yuliana Guillen

Recruitment Committee
Sofia Torres McKay