In its 26th year, the Oregon Pinot Noir Auction raised $830,000 for Willamette Valley vineyard workers — the second highest ever fundraising weekend!
The second weekend of November began at Ponzi Vineyards in Sherwood. Over 400 Willamette Valley wine lovers gathered at this multi-generational winery to preview bottles of Pinot Noir made specifically for ¡Salud! fundraising. A true Oregon original, ¡Salud! was founded in 1991 and offers medical care to vineyard works through a mobile medical unit in partnership with Tuality Healthcare.
Cases of Pinot Noir were auctioned off to the highest bidder who walked away with cellar-worthy bottles that began as the premier grapes of some of the most sought-after winemakers in the Valley.
True artists of the wine world like Mo Ayoub of Ayoub Wines, Brian Marcy of Big Table Farm, Harry Peterson-Nedry and his daughter, Wynne, of Chehalem, Dave Paige of Adelsheim Vineyard, Chris Williams of Brooks Wine, Rollin Soles of ROCO Winery and Melissa Burr of Stoller Family Estate sourced from the cream of the crop as a way to give back to the hands that give so much to them.
Since its founding, ¡Salud! has raised over $14 million which provides preventative medical treatment such as vaccinations, eye screening, diabetic check-ups, basic dental screenings and so much more.
Festivities continued on Saturday, November 11 with the black tie Dinner and Auction Gala. The 320 attendees rose to the occasion donating $680,000 in exchange for one-of-a-kind Pinot Noir cases as well as experience packages like Domaine Serene’s “This is Burgundy” —which included lodging for six at the historic Château de la Crée, vineyard and winery tours and tastings.
The weekend is geared to be accessible to a wide variety of Willamette Valley wine fans with the Friday night Big Board Auction being a more casual venue. Tickets include heavy appetizers and the opportunity to taste through all 42 Pinot Noirs crafted intentionally for the weekend events only. A maximum of five cases per represented winery make up a lot. Attendees can bid on one case or buy out the entire lot.
To keep abreast of dates for 2018, go to saludauction.org