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 members of the Oregon wine industry — two of whom are native Mexicans; one, a first-generation American of Mexican descent — are eager to draw attention to the vineyard workers, the majority of whom are Hispanic desiring a chance to advance. Jesús Guillén, Sofía Torres McKay and Miguel Lopez are forming an organization to increase appreciation of these skilled laborers, helping them overcome challenges to realize their ambitions. As part of this effort, each offered an inspirational personal story and vision for the future. Read the full story here.