Oregon Wine Auction Raises More than One Million Dollars for Vineyard Worker Healthcare
November 12, 2019
Portland, Ore.—¡Salud! The Oregon Pinot Noir Auction raised more than one million dollars during its annual auction this weekend. The 28th annual included two sold-out events: the Big Board Auction on Friday, November 8 at Ponzi Vineyards, and the Grand Dinner and Live Auction Gala on Saturday, November 9 at Domaine Serene. Presented by sponsor O'Brien Construction & Open Concept Architecture, ¡Salud! raised $1,060,971 in 2019.
Forty winemakers in the Vintners Circle poured special 2018 cuvées made for ¡Salud! during Friday’s Big Board Auction, while live bidding took place concurrently. Single 12-bottle cases of Beaux Frères and Penner-Ash Wine Cellars ¡Salud! Cuvée sold for $3,200 each, and many others sold for more than $2,000 a case. New for 2019, bidders without a ticket to the events in Oregon wine country could register for an ePaddle to bid remotely, adding even more excitement to the auction. In total, the Big Board Auction raised $217,375.
On Saturday, guests gathered at Domaine Serene for the Live Auction and Gala, which kicked off with a walk-around tasting of wines from the Vintners Circle. Live auction lots included singular wine experiences and collections: a four-night stay at Château de la Crée in the Côte d’Or, a week with Beck Family Estates in South Africa, a 32-bottle French/Oregon collection of wines from Willamette Valley wineries with Burgundian ties, a 69-bottle lot of Oregon sparkling wine, and much more. A simultaneous silent auction offered a lot comprised of six rare magnums from Big Table Farm, an Italian cheese and sausage-making class at Montinore Estate, a 24-bottle ¡Salud! Cuvée vertical from 2001 to 2009, and other unique opportunities.
The 2019 Legacy Winemaker Award winner was presented to Lynn Penner-Ash of Penner-Ash Wine Cellars. The annual award acknowledges exemplary contributions to the wine industry and dedicated support of the ¡Salud! mission. An industry trailblazer, Penner-Ash was one of the first female winemakers in Oregon and has been a champion of ¡Salud! since its inception in 1992. Penner-Ash also introduced the Legacy Winemaker Lot: a long weekend at The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana with Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash.
The Live Auction crested with a moving speech by Estella Ortiz-Nino, a nurse-in-training who grew up alongside the ¡Salud! program. The daughter of migrant workers and ¡Salud! patients, Ortiz-Nino was exposed to its services and team from an early age. Her drive to succeed, coupled with encouragement and guidance from her parents and ¡Salud!’s committed staff, compelled her to pursue a career that could give back to the community.
“I’m becoming a nurse to be part of the solution,” explained Ortiz-Nino. “Let’s continue to be that voice that targets cost of care, decreases hospitalization visits and stays, improves health literacy, quality and access to care.”
Funds raised at the 2019 auction will directly benefit OHSU Tuality Healthcare and ¡Salud!’s worksite wellness clinics, dental and optical services, comprehensive health screenings and education, year-round case management and financial assistance. ¡Salud!’s care teams also support families in navigating a complicated healthcare system, without the barriers of cost, transportation, and language. With ¡Salud!, Oregon is the only state in the country with a program designed to support the health needs of seasonal vineyard workers and their families.
More than 40 participating wineries in the Willamette Valley, named the ¡Salud! Vintners Circle, produce a custom, single lot Pinot Noir cuvée for the auction every year.
The auction thanks this year’s ¡Salud! Vintners Circle: 00 Wines, Adelsheim Vineyard, Alexana Winery, Amalie Robert Estate, Archery Summit, Ayoub, Beaux Frères, Bethel Heights Vineyard, Big Table Farm, Brittan Vineyards, Chehalem Winery, Cramoisi Vineyard, Cristom Vineyards, Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Domaine Roy & fils, Domaine Serene, Dukes Family Vineyards, Dusky Goose, Elk Cove Vineyards, Erath Winery, Hamacher Wines, Hyland Estates, LAVINEA, Montinore Estate, Patricia Green Cellars, Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, Ponzi Vineyards, Purple Hands Winery, Rain Dance Vineyards, R. Stuart & Co., Résonance, ROCO Winery, Shea Wine Cellars, Soter Vineyards, St. Innocent Winery, Stoller Family Estate, Trisaetum, Twomey Cellars, WillaKenzie Estate, and Winderlea Vineyard & Winery.
The 2020 auction will take place November 13 and 14, 2020.
¡Salud! is a project of OHSU Tuality Healthcare, working to address the hurdles faced by vineyard workers and their families in meeting their basic healthcare needs. The project serves approximately 2,500 vineyard workers and family members each year, providing comprehensive health screenings through the ¡Salud! Worksite Wellness Clinic, which travels to vineyards and wineries throughout the growing season, and case management, advocating for families as they navigate the healthcare system. Each November, ¡Salud! The Oregon Pinot Noir Auction is held in support of these services, bringing together winemakers and wine lovers for a two-day auction of some of Oregon’s finest Pinot Noir, produced exclusively for the event. The new Summertime ¡Salud! the E-Auction in July gives bidders early access to these Pinot Noir offerings.