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!
Meet Zach Rhoads!
Learn about why Zach has choosen the Carlton Volunteer Fire Department as his selected charity!
Learn more about Carlton Fire District by visiting them on their Facebook page @CarltonFireDistrict Fire Station!
It is April 21st 2021, I am sitting and enjoying a glass of our 2017 Savoya Pinot noir in the beautiful spring weather that has been given to us. Bud break has begun in the vineyard, and the Rhoads’ house cherry blossom tree is in full bloom. These annual milestones do not usually happen this early, which has me concerned that we might be in for a dry summer season.
Yesterday, we had a huge structural fire in our neighboring town of McMinnville which led to the evacuation of hundreds of people and closure of nearby businesses for the day. Despite a valiant effort from firefighters across the county, we did lose our local organic creamery. This fire has reminded me of the many wildfires that we have experienced throughout Oregon over the years and the devastating drought and wildfires sweeping through other wine growing regions around the world including California and Australia.
One wildfire that occurred last year was on Bald Peak in the Chahalem Mountains AVA. This fire created much stress for local wine makers. But, with the help of the Carlton department and other local volunteer departments, damage was as minimal as could be. Saving many vineyards, forest, and crop land.
Which brings me to my choice of charity, The Carlton Fire District. They are local volunteer fire department that is always up for the challenge in tackling fires and helping their community both locally and around the state. Mark Gould, our vineyard manager, is a Carlton volunteer firefighter and Ken Wright has been serving as the treasurer for the fire board for over 14 years. With that being said, Ken Wright Cellars and I would love your support of this non-profit and to say thank you for their service to their community and commitment to keeping us safe!