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Ken Wright Cellars!

Ken Wright Cellars is a company with purpose. We are determined not only to make quality Pinot Noir that connects people to place, but we are committed to connecting to the people and place in which we live. When Ken Wright Cellars moved to the small rural community of Carlton, Oregon in 1994, it became the first winery in a town built on traditional agriculture. Most of the families in Carlton had been living and working the land here for generations; the Wright’s were “the new kids on the block.” What Ken and Karen admired most about Carlton was that it was a community in the true sense of the word, a place where people with a rich history of supporting one another working toward a greater good. To become a part of this rich network of people, the Wrights needed to build a business and produce a product that could be defined by the same values. Now, with all the members of Ken Wright Cellars deeply rooted in community, rejoice in knowing that with every bottle, glass or taste you enjoy of Ken Wright Cellars, you are helping to provide much needed support to not only the families of Carlton and Yamhill, but well beyond.  Your support allows the substantial volunteerism and charitable giving of Ken Wright Cellars. This makes you a significant part of our Ken Wright Cellars family, and we thank you! 

 Annual Company Volunteer Hours: 7,881

Starting in 2018, Ken Wright Cellars launched a new charity donation program, established to enable each of our team members an opportunity to select and support an organization with which they have a personal connection. Each quarter a different charitable organization will be featured. This quarter, our featured employee, Joylin Kent, has selected Girls on the Run. 20% of the sales of our monthly featured vineyard will be donated to GOTR!

June Featured Vineyard
2015 Savoya Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Why did Joylin select Girls on the Run as this quarter's designated charity?

"When not in the cellar or the tasting room, you can usually find me running around the town of Carlton with fellow friends or my little four-year-old who loves to run too. Running has been a passion of mine for many years! The charity I selected this quarter is Girls on the Run. This organization has hubs all throughout the United States. I first learned of this charity when I was researching ways to be involved in organizations that incorporated one of my passions.

As young people, I believe we all need mentors to help us build confidence to achieve our goals. In high school, I greatly admired my cross-country coach. She was always boosting our self-esteem and encouraging myself and my teammates to achieve our goals. Her constant encouragement was incredibly influential to me both on the run, and in my personal life.

Just like my coach, Girls on the Run is inspiring young girls every day to have confidence in themselves. GOTR does this by using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The curriculum usually models an after-school program that lasts about 10 weeks. After completion of a program, the girls participate in a GOTR 5K event. The goal is not necessarily to win or to run as fast as you can, it's a celebratory event! It is designed for all participants to have fun and boost confidence in young girls ranging from as young as 3rd grade all the way through high school.

This spring I plan to participate in the GOTR 5K at the Portland International Raceway. I invite you to join me by participating, volunteering, giving, or raising a glass of Ken Wright Cellars this quarter to support this incredible organization. An organization that empowers young women that are building our future!" —Joylin Kent

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