SEPT 15 – OCT 15, 2020
The celebration will include two virtual panels, one in Spanish, one in English and feature special wine packages from the six participating wineries to raise funds for the Oregon Community Foundation Latino Partnership Program.
JP was born in Mendoza, Argentina, which is most known as Argentina’s wine country. JP comes from a multi-generational line of wine entrepreneurs. He completed a five year degree in agricultural sciences, with a focus in enology and viticulture at the National University of Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. In 2001, he came to Oregon looking for new challenges and attracted by Oregon’s growing wine industry. In 2002, he met his wife Doris and both decided to settle in Oregon.
JP has 16 years of experience in winemaking with 19 vintages between his work in Oregon and Argentina, including time at Willamette Valley Vineyards, Soter Vineyards and Dobbes Family Estate. He worked for Silvan Ridge Winery for fifteen years and became Head Winemaker in August 2012. In 2013, JP also became the Associate Winemaker for Elizabeth Chambers Cellar, Silvan Ridge’s sister winery located in McMinnville, sharing winemaking responsibilities at both wineries. In August 2017, JP was promoted to Director of Winemaking for Silvan Ridge and Elizabeth Chambers Cellar.
JP started his own project, Valcan Cellars, with his wife Doris back in 2012. Craving to grow his own grapes for Valcan Cellars, he took over Rainbow’s End Vineyard in 2013 and later in 2016, Mountain View Vineyard. Both vineyards are located in Monroe. Juan Pablo was appointed by the Governor to the Oregon Wine Board in 2012 and served as chairman of the Oregon Wine Standing Committee on Research until 2018. He is a well-rounded wine professional who understands Oregon’s wine industry and the winemaking process from the vine to glass.
Celebrating Hispanic Roots was founded in 2020 by Atticus Wine Co-Owner and Winemaker Ximena Orrego partnering with an alliance of six Oregon winery owners and winemakers who share a Hispanic background, and have come together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th in order to share their stories, display the diversity of the Hispanic cultures which span most of Latin America and Spain, and as small business owners give back to the Spanish-speaking community in Oregon. Each of the wineries will be offering a special wine or wine selection to commemorate this event and 10% of sales will be donated to the Latino Partnership Program of the Oregon Community Foundation which funds efforts within education, leadership development and community bridge building that address social and economic issues within Oregon’s Latinx/o community. To launch the celebration there will be two virtual panels where you will be able to hear from all six winemakers, one in English and one in Spanish on Tuesday, September 15th. Visit the celebratinghispanicroots.com website or follow the event on Instagram @CelebratingHispanicRoots for additional updates and information.