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Sofia Torres-McKay
April 21, 2021 | Sofia Torres-McKay

Wine Business Weekly 2020 selection for Industry leaders of the year.

Sofia 2020 Leaders Article

Cramoisi Vineyards Sophia Torres-McKay co-founder and VP, Asociacion Hispana de la Industria del Vino en Oregon y Comunidad (AHIVOY) was excited to hear that she was selected as an Industry leader for the year 2020.

Sofia Torres-McKay is the co-owner of Cramoisi Vineyard and Winery and a co-founder of AHIVOY, a prominent activist group for vineyard employees. She is a fierce supporter for diversity in the wine industry and teaches vineyard workers the importance of organic and biodynamic farming and in 2019, was appointed to the Regional Solutions Advisory Committee-Mid Willamette Valley by Oregon's governor, Kate Brown.

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Sofia Torres-McKay
November 1, 2020 | Sofia Torres-McKay

Expanding The Narrative Of Hispanic Culture In Wine, Coast To Coast

ACHOY Grapes in Bucket

Two local perspectives of Hispanic culture in wine, one from each coast of the United States, stood out to me this year, both in terms of the wines themselves and the manner in which they expand the narrative of Spanish speakers in the industry. They’ve been on my mind particularly as we head into the end of the year and the holiday season.

First, on the east coast, I recently revisited a selection of wines from the Rivero González family’s RGNY project on the North Fork of Long Island. As I searched for unusual contributions to bring to our Thanksgiving holiday table, preferably a textural white wine that adds to the conversation as well as the meal, I was drawn to RGNY’s 2018 Viognier both for its versatile characteristics in the glass (to me it managed to balance baked yellow apple as well as bright citrus and pineapple) as well as for its narrative. 

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Sofia Torres-McKay
October 19, 2020 | Sofia Torres-McKay

The Buyer story, Celebrating Hispanic Roots

Pinot Group

Oregon’s Willamette Valley might be best known for its Pinot Noir but few may realise how diverse its winemaking community is. Celebrating Hispanic Roots was an event aimed at setting the record straight with six Latinx winemakers from Atticus Wine, Beacon Hill Winery, Cramoisi Vineyard, Gonzales Wine, PARRA Wine and Valcan Cellars telling their stories and showing their wines, the best of which LM Archer tastes and recommends. Not only are the six speakers leaders in their own right but they are also advocates for the Latinx community, particularly for those who work on vineyards.

“It’s not often that you get to hear six bright, talented entrepreneurs speak in beautiful Spanish accents about how we can improve the wine industry… not just for growers and producers, but also for the undervalued community of Spanish speaking vineyard labourers.”

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Sofia Torres-McKay
October 6, 2020 | Sofia Torres-McKay

OCF Newsletter

Sofia Torress

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and honors the rich history, culture and contributions of past and present Hispanics and Latinx in the United States.

The month-long Celebrating Hispanic Roots event, with the tagline, “Raíces Unidas... A small group of Oregon wineries honoring the roots that bring us together and move us forward” focuses on the cultural and literal vine roots that bring these business owners together in celebrating their small but growing coalition in the winemaking industry.

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Sofia Torres-McKay
September 22, 2020 | Sofia Torres-McKay

Willamette Valley Wine Association Newsletter


AHIVOY will host its inaugural online auction fundraiser for education beginning Friday, September 25th and ending Sunday, September 27th.

This event will support and empower the amazing men and women who are Oregon’s vineyard stewards. Your participation in this auction will help create scholarships for working Latinx/o and Hispanic vineyard stewards. It will enable them to attend educational training focused on improving technical knowledge while realizing potential career and leadership opportunities. 100% of your auction contribution goes to education and ultimately strengthening the Oregon wine community. Learn more about AHIVOY here.

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Sofia Torres-McKay
August 18, 2019 | Sofia Torres-McKay

Breaking Down Walls

Braking down walls

When Eugene native Ryan McKay met Sofía Torres in San Francisco in 2001, he shared his passion for Oregon Pinot Noir. She fell in love with both. The Mexico City native and lover of big reds became curious about the region and the wine. So much so, the couple, married in 2005, eventually traveled to Oregon wine country, and searched for the perfect site to call their own.

In 2011, they bought 10 acres on Worden Hill Road in the Dundee Hills, after selling a house in British Columbia — in a favorable market. In 2012, they began planting at an elevation of 500 to 600 feet. Five acres are planted to Pinot Noir, including the rare clone 122 from Vosne-Romanée, a Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy; and one acre to Chardonnay. Inspired by the crimson clover covering the property in spring, the couple named the vineyard, Cramoisi, which translates to “crimson” in French.

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