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MAR-APR 2019

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of my efforts to our family venture and raising our two sons. I am proud to say than I am one of the few Hispanic women vineyard owners in the Willamette Valley. Cramoisi Vineyard is farmed biodynamically; we believe than if you take from Mother Nature you need to give back to her. We are not yet certified but looking to do so in the next two years. Our wine maker is Drew Voit, who has produced some of the most esteemed and highly rated wines in the Willamette Valley. Drew asks lots of questions about the style of wines we want to make, so it is about our own style and not his style. In 2014, our vineyard produced enough to make one barrel (25 cases) of wine. e following year, the first formal vintage, we produced 200 cases. Production increased to 300 cases in 2016 and 600 in 2017. Our goal is to top out at 1,000 cases by 2022. We are focused on quality versus quantity, so that we can grow one of the best wines in the Dundee Hills AVA. Since the business is very small, I perform numerous roles in the vineyard, including vineyard management, marketing and sales, event planning, relationship building and management, and administration, among others. Being a Latina woman in this business is not always easy, and potential clients often ask me about my origins. Some verbalize their surprise that I am Mexican woman who owns a vineyard rather than simply working in one. While these remarks are exasperating and frustrating, eventually I learned to embrace my unique perspective, life experiences and heritage, which includes the color of my skin and my accent, and I now feel happy that people continue to be interested in my unique story. Because there are not many people like me in my position, being able to turn the tables and use my background as a positive virtue allows me to view myself as a channel to help others and work together as a community. is work includes being active with ¬°AHI VOY! and ¬°Salud!, two non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting the education and ambitions of winery and vineyard laborers, with a wide range of programs from English-language classes to cellar training. When I came to this business and committed myself 100% to my family venture, I was looking not only to grow grapes and sell wine, but also to tell the story about what is behind the bottle and the years of work that come before the first bottle is even filled. Cramoisi wines have a body, a soul, and a different energy that tells you a story. at story is not only about the owners and the wine maker, it is also about the vineyard stewards who spend the time in the vineyards, rain or shine, hot or cold, up or down, early or late, to complete the story. sl slmag.net 55

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