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Celebrating Hispanic Roots: Oregon’s Wines and the Latinx Factor
by L.M. Archer
Oregon’s Willamette Valley might be best known for its Pinot Noir but few may realise how diverse its winemaking community is. Celebrating Hispanic Roots was an event aimed at setting the record straight with six Latinx winemakers from Atticus Wine, Beacon Hill Winery, Cramoisi Vineyard, Gonzales Wine, PARRA Wine and Valcan Cellars telling their stories and showing their wines, the best of which LM Archer tastes and recommends. Not only are the six speakers leaders in their own right but they are also advocates for the Latinx community, particularly for those who work on vineyards.
“It’s not often that you get to hear six bright, talented entrepreneurs speak in beautiful Spanish accents about how we can improve the wine industry… not just for growers and producers, but also for the undervalued community of Spanish speaking vineyard labourers.”-Katherine Cole
Oregon’s first annual Latin heritage celebration, ‘kicked off on October 1, 2020. Two virtual panel discussions, one in English, the other in Spanish, included winemakers Ximena Orrego of , Carla Rodríguez of , Sofia Torres–McKay of , Cristina Gonzales of , Sam Parra of and Juan Pablo “JP” Valot of