Wine Country Pride
Wine Country Pride (WCP), a nonprofit dedicated to creating community and support systems for the North Willamette Valley’s rural LGBTQIA+ community, celebrates Pride Month with various events in Oregon Wine Country throughout June, in 2022 including the world’s first Queer Wine Fest and the area’s first ever large-scale Pride event: the 2022 Street Fair. Wine Country Pride kicks off June 1st with Rainbow Quest, where 53 local coffee shops, wineries, restaurants, bars, and retailers in the North Willamette Valley will offer Pride-inspired drinks, food, and products throughout June to raise money for WCP and to show their love for the LGBTQIA+ community.
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.
Queer Wine Fest
The inaugural Queer Wine Fest champions queer-owned, queer-made and queer-grown wines from 16 different wineries featuring over 30 wines from Oregon, California and Washington, taking place at Remy Wines this June. The event is the first of its kind and curated by the Willamette Valley’s first lady of wine and McMinnville interim mayor, Remy Drabkin. The beloved industry member is perhaps best known for her eponymous label, focused on Italian-style wines. It is one of the most anticipated gatherings as wine country celebrates Pride Month all June through Wine Country Pride.