As Pride month starts to wind down, we have come across a first - the first Queer Wine Festival!
Wine Country Pride, a nonprofit dedicated to creating community and support systems for rural Oregon’s LGBTQIA+ community, is celebrating Pride Month with various events in Oregon Wine Country this June, including the world’s first Queer Wine Fest, and the area’s first ever large-scale Pride event: the 2022 Street Fair. Events will raise money for Wine Country Pride’s scholarship program in partnership with PFLAG Newberg. Together they provide college or vocational school scholarships to the area’s LGBTQIA+ high school seniors, awarding seven scholarships last year alone.
Funds will also go toward supporting local businesses and organizations that advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as toward the creation of programs and events – such as queer meet ups and library book inclusivity initiatives – that aim to connect people through education, visibility, and fun. Wine Country Pride kicked-off June 1st with Rainbow Quest, where 53 local coffee shops, wineries, restaurants, bars, and retailers in Yamhill County offered Pride-inspired drinks, food, and products throughout June to raise money for WCP and to show their love for the LGBTQIA+ community.
And today, 6/24/22 from 6-9pm – World’s first Queer Wine Fest takes place - which will celebrate and bring together 18 queer-owned, queer-made, and queer-grown wineries from CA, WA, and OR outdoors at the Remy Wines Tasting Room. Tickets were $125 if purchased from Eventbrite before June 1 and $145 after. Ticket prices cover wine, food, entertainment and a donation to Wine Country Pride.
It is good to see the wine world embrace diversity and the culture of the LGBT community, which can only strengthen our much divided country ❤️