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Graduation Day Tres | AHIVOY students celebrate

Graduates of the 2022 Asociación Hispana de la Industria del Vino en Oregon y Comunidad program. Photo by Sean Carr   By Neal D. Hulkower   On April 27, 15 men completed the Asociación Hispana de la Industria del Vino en Oregon y Comunidad, or AHIVOY. The Wine Industry Professional Training Program is the third […]

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The Vineyard Stewards’ Stewards

By: Neal D. Hulkower Two were born in Mexico and one in the US to parents from Oaxaca. Each had carved a path to success in Oregon’s wine industry and wanted to pay it forward by easing the way for those at the beginning of the winemaking process, the vineyard steward.  An association they created […]

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AHIVOY Vineyard Steward Education

AHIVOY Vineyard Steward Education By Cila Warncke AHIVOY’s founding team comprised winemaker Jesús Guillén, his wife Yuliana Cisneros-Guillén, vineyard owner Sofia Torres-McKay and Miguel Lopez. “We wanted to do something for [vineyard] stewards. Education was what we’d all benefited from,” Ornelas said. “I wanted to lift up people in my community.” Read more.     

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Graduation Day Dos

AHIVOY’s second class includes first women By Neal D. Hulkower On April 27, six men and the program’s first four women celebrated completion of the Wine Industry Professional Training Program established by the Asociación Hispana de la Industria del Vino en Oregon y Comunidad (AHIVOY), becoming the second cohort to do so in less than two […]

Graduation Day | AHIVOY celebrates inaugural cohort

By Neal D. Hulkower On March 3, with the sun shining brightly, the inaugural commencement of the Wine Industry Professional Training Program established by the Asociación Hispana de la Industria del Vino en Oregon y Comunidad (AHIVOY) honored eight proud graduates, set on their paths by three important dreamers: the late Jesús Guillén of Guillén Family Wines, Sofia […]

LatinX Leadership

Hispanic winery owners making waves in Oregon By L.M. Archer Historically, career paths for Hispanics in the U.S. wine industry branch one of two ways: vine tender or bottling line worker. However, recent trends toward greater diversity translate into better opportunities for Latinos. Oregon already leads the way in this arena, from increased winery and […]

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Are Key to The American Wine Industry’s Future

  words: BETSY ANDREWS illustration: DANIELLE GRINBERG Now, the growing diversification of wine professionalism is compelling new conversations around vineyard workers. When sommelier DeAna Ornelas moved to Oregon to join Winderlea Vineyard as tasting room ambassador and communications lead, she found few other Mexicans in winery leadership roles. She and other Latinx leaders formed Ahivoy, an organization that provides English-immersion […]

Breaking Down Walls

Mexican-Americans build up community with mentorship By Neal D. Hulkower What grows in the vineyards of Oregon?  Grapes, naturally. But like those whose labor is essential to the success of the vines and who have been largely unnoticed, there are less obvious yields of fundamental importance to the industry and the community. The following three […]

AHIVOY Presses On

  AHIVOY Presses On HISPANIC GROUP RAISES FUNDS FOR EDUCATION By Neal D. Hulkower Less than two months after AHIVOY’s wine industry professional training began, it was abruptly paused on March 13, with one week left in the first term, when the coronavirus forced the closing of Chemeketa Community College in Salem. In the interim, planning […]