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 beginning in March and continuing throughout the year. Rainbow Quest, Queer Wine Fest, Drag Extravaganza, and Wine Country Pride Street Fair events finally culminate at the WCP Winter Ball in December.
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.
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.