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 […]

From Vineyard to Vintner

Oralia Moroto thins shoots at Tidalstar Vineyard May 7 From Vineyard to Vintner Partnership with Chemeketa teaches management, production By Audrey Caro A new program aims to help people learn about the wine industry from the vineyard to the tasting room. Asociación Hispana de la Industria del Vino en Oregon y Comunidad (AHIVOY) was founded […]

AHIVOY at Assemblage Symposium

This episode of “The Four Top” was recorded live at the Assemblage Symposium in McMinnville, Oregon ‘The Four Top’ Special Episode: Assemblage Symposium Listen to the episode at the OPB or The Four Top website, or via your favorite podcast app. Story by Katherine Cole Outspoken viticulturist and winemaker Mimi Casteel is attracting attention worldwide for […]

There They Go! at Oregon Wine Press

Jesus Guillén must be smiling. The organization he envisioned for broadening vineyard workers’ opportunities in the wine industry is real and has begun affecting lives.