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 workers in the Oregon wine industry.
In partnership with Chemeketa Community College, 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 English-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.
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-McKay
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.
President | DeAnna Ornelas
DeAnna Ornelas is a Sommelier and Communications Lead for 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 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.
Co-Chair & Procurement | Sam Parra
Board Member | Jess Sandrock
Board Member | Rich Schmidt
Board Member | Heidi Moore
Starting life as a child of a fourth generation Dairy Family set the love of agriculture and all things farm related into motion. After growing up in Tillamook, Heidi took the opportunity to go to Linfield to bring new adventures to light. While at Linfield she met new friends, experienced the world and fell in love with the Willamette Valley. The Yamhill Valley has now been her home for 28 years and she have no plans on leaving! After working through a few different jobs, Country Financial found her 11 years ago and she hasn’t looked back! Now specializing in the insurance needs of Vineyards and Wineries, it’s become a perfect fit! Heidi now lives outside of Amity with her husband on a small farm with the dogs and the cows!
Events & Marketing Committee