“This is the first part of these vineyard employees’ afternoon with ¡Salud!, a one-of-its-kind preventative health care service supported exclusively by Oregon’s winemaking community. ¡Salud! was founded in 1991 by Tuality Healthcare and a handful of producers concerned about how their seasonal workforce could gain access to basic healthcare, since they are not eligible for employer-sponsored plans due to the temporary nature of their work.”
Did you know that 100% of the funding for ¡Salud! Services comes from ¡Salud! The Oregon Pinot Noir Auction and other donations? Your investment makes healthcare, education and year-round support for Oregon’s vineyard workers and their families possible, and we are so grateful. We’d like to share exactly how your help made a difference in 2018.
Mobile Wellness Clinics
May through September, these free clinics take place in the vineyard, or central winery locations via the ¡Salud! mobile unit, eliminating barriers to care many workers face such as transportation, cost and language. Wellness clinics are staffed by bi-lingual, bi-cultural employees of OHSU Tuality Healthcare and include screenings for cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index and more. Wellness clinics allow us to develop relationships with workers, and learn their needs in order to serve them best.
Year-Round Support Services
- Case management to families and individuals by providing education, guidance, and support to clients and advocating for their needs within the healthcare system.
- Promote proactive health behaviors such as prenatal care, routine dental examinations and cleanings, and annual women’s health exams.
- Access to and delivery of primary care and other healthcare services including major medical, prenatal, dental, and vision.
- Help to establish and maintain working relationships with private healthcare providers to facilitate access to care, particularly in counties where community health centers are not available or services are not provided.
- Participation and collaboration with other partners to improve minority health in Oregon.
Thank you for your incredible support
We are pleased to announce that the 2018 ¡Salud! The Oregon Pinot Noir Auction season raised $1,055,000 to provide healthcare and outreach services to the hardworking men and women of Oregon’s vineyards. This is a new record for the event, and the first time ¡Salud! has raised more than $1 million.
Thank you to our generous sponsors, donors, winemakers, guests and volunteers who helped make the Big Board Auction & Pinot Party at Ponzi Vineyards on Friday, November 9 and the Grand Dinner & Live Auction on Saturday, November 10 at Domaine Serene such a success.
Relive the event activities with photos and video
Thanks to Andrea Johnson & Robert Holmes of Lumaria Productions for the footage
Questions about the event?
“Wine is people. I’m not talking about the people with whom you enjoy wine. Here I refer to the people behind the wine – those folks we ought to celebrate as the literal fruits of their labor coat our palates. We talk a lot about wine on this site, but I’d like to take a moment to express gratitude to the farm workers who work so hard to get the grapes in our glasses.
In this spirit, I’d like to talk about ¡Salud! The Oregon Pinot Noir Auction. A group of wineries is Oregon joined together in the early 90s to help provide better access to quality healthcare for vineyard workers. That’s one of many things I love about the wine industry – quality regions always band together to make great things happen.”
Thank you to Mark Angelillo and Snooth.com for their coverage of ¡Salud! and select ¡Salud! Cuvées.
Read the article here:
“How One Industry Gives Healthcare to Its Hard-to-Reach Migrant Workers”
With stories from ¡Salud! Founder, Nancy Ponzi, and an update from ¡Salud! Services manager, Leda Garside, VICE Magazine illustrates why ¡Salud! is important now more than ever.
“That stress of living in this uncertainty, it adds a lot,” she said. “You were promised one thing and went from one area of hope and now we are in an area of, we don’t know. That creates a lot of stress, and that stress is reflected physically.” – Leda Garside, RN, MBA, ¡Salud! Services Manager
Thank you to VICE Magazine reporter Emily Gillespie and photographer Toni Greaves for accompanying ¡Salud! Services to a mobile health clinic in the summer of 2018.
Thanks to Oregon Wine Press for helping spread the word about the new Summertime ¡Salud! E-Auction, July 17 -19.
“For those wine enthusiasts who anticipate the annual ¡Salud! Oregon Pinot Noir Auction, waiting for November to arrive to bid on some of the best Pinot Noir in the state, we have good news: This year, the organization is welcoming a new online auction to its 2018 event season.”
Salud!, a program through OHSU Tuality Healthcare that provides healthcare services for vineyard workers and their families, is hosting a new online auction of its exclusive Pinot Noir cuvées. The auction will debut at 8:00 am PST on Tuesday, July 17 and feature 40 lots of 12-bottle cases from the ¡Salud! Vintners’ Circle of top Willamette Valley winemakers. This pre-sale opportunity will run through Thursday, July 19 at 8 p.m. PST and gives wine fans a chance to access these exclusive wines before the program’s annual auction weekend being held November 9-10.
All registered bidders will be entered to win one 12-bottle mixed case of premium Oregon Pinot Noir. The lucky winner will be drawn on Friday, July 20 and notified via email.
Auction online link: https://supporter.greatergiving.com/Login?AT=8&PK=MkF6y7u8Rg1osbOC
“November in Oregon wine country marks Thanksgiving, finishing harvest and, most importantly, ¡Salud!.” – Oregon Wine Press
Thank you to the Oregon Wine Press for highlighting this year’s stellar event and gracious supporters. We are grateful to Oregon’s wine community for helping make ¡Salud! services possible.
Read Oregon Wine Press’s feature here
¡Salud!, a program through Tuality Healthcare that provides healthcare services for vineyard workers and their families, is proud to announce that its 26th annual Oregon Pinot Noir Auction weekend raised $830,000. The ¡Salud! Cuvée Tasting and Big Board Auction held on Friday, November 10 at Ponzi Vineyards in Sherwood, Oregon, welcomed 425 guests who generated $150,000. The Saturday, November 11 Dinner and Auction Gala, held in Domaine Serene’s newly opened Clubhouse, hosted 320 people who contributed $680,000 through live and silent auctions, special appeal, ticket sales, and sponsorships. Domaine Serene’s “This is Burgundy” auction lot including accommodations at the historic Château de la Crée for six people, vineyard and winery tours, tastings and more attracted the highest bids raising $75,000 between two winning bidders.
Pat Dukes, ¡Salud! Steering Committee Co-Chair and owner of Dukes Family Vineyards, states, “This was our second highest generating auction ever, and we are very thankful for the generous contributions of our donors, sponsors and hosts who made this weekend event possible. The funds raised will allow ¡Salud! to continue to provide health services to our vineyard workers and their families, who are the cornerstone of our wine industry.”
This year’s ¡Salud! events were presented by O’Brien Design Build & Open Concept Architecture. Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash of Penner-Ash Wine Cellars were presented with the Los Heroes de ¡Salud! award for their outstanding contributions to the ¡Salud! program. Winemaker, Rollin Soles of ROCO Winery was honored as this year’s Legacy Winemaker.
Since its founding in 1991, ¡Salud! has raised more than $14 million. The program is able to deliver three dollars of service for every one dollar spent because of collaborative relationships with partnering healthcare organizations. The ¡Salud! Services team provides year-round direct care to approximately 150 vineyards throughout the northern Willamette Valley through its mobile medical unit.
The 2017 ¡Salud! Vintners Circle members who offered 2016 ¡Salud! Cuvées included: Adelsheim Vineyard, Alexana Winery, Amalie Robert Estate, ArborBrook Vineyards, Archery Summit, Ayoub, Bergström Wines, Bethel Heights Vineyard, Big Table Farm, Brittan Vineyards, Brooks Winery, Chapter 24, Chehalem, Cristom Vineyards, Dobbes Family Estate, Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Domaine Roy, Domaine Serene, Dukes Family Vineyards, Dusky Goose, Elk Cove Vineyards, Erath Winery, Evening Land Seven Springs Estate, Gran Moraine, Hamacher Wines, Hyland Estates, Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards, Patricia Green Cellars, Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, Ponzi Vineyards, R. Stuart & Co., Raptor Ridge Winery, Résonance, ROCO Winery, Scott Paul Wines, Shea Wine Cellars, Soter Vineyards, St. Innocent Winery, Stoller Family Estate, Trisaetum, WillaKenzie Estate, and Winderlea Vineyard & Winery. Additional winery partners include Argyle, Sokol Blosser, and Willamette Valley Vineyards.
“A Mexican immigrant, Guillén came to the United States in 2002, after graduating with a computer engineering degree from Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua. He was visiting his father (also named Jesús), who was working as the vineyard manager for White Rose in Dayton. The younger Guillén arrived with the intent to study English for six months at a nearby community college, then return to Mexico to work,”
But when he arrived in Oregon, he fell in love, as we have, with the best place in the world to make Pinot Noir.
Read Guillén’s story (which includes working with Vintners Circle members Patricia Green Cellars and Mark Vlossack of St. Innocent) on his way to becoming a winemaker. Guillén is also an advocate of ¡Salud! services, providing healthcare and resources for vineyard workers and their families.
Read this article from Travel Oregon here.
- “E-Auction from ¡Salud! Donates Directly to Vineyard Workers” – Sip Northwest
- “Amid a Health Crisis, ¡Salud! Puts Farmworkers First” – Wine Enthusiast
- “Wine Country’s Farmworkers Are Staying Healthy Against All Odds” – Reasons to be Cheerful feature
- COVID-19 Clinics featured in Statesman Journal
- More than $1 Million Raised