Callaghan Charms Carlton


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Singer and songwriter,Callaghan, is still on her Across America 2015- All Four Corners Tour until the end of June, but her time in Carlton left a lasting impression on the people in our community. Kris and Susan Stubberfield, residents of … Continue reading

Chemeketa & Yamhill-Carlton High School Viticulture Video

Click on the picture below to watch a new video on the Chemeketa and Yamhill Carlton High Shool Viticulture Program!

Chemeketa and Yamhill Carlton High School Viticulture Program



Lunch Time at KWC

It’s almost lunch time at Ken Wright Cellars, and a savory smell from the winery kitchen is wafting up the stairwell to the office and through the alley ways of the barrels in the cellar. If good weather permits, chairs are set up in a circle underneath the canopy of Wisteria in front of the winery.  Then, the staff hears the phrase “lunch is ready!” being called out from the chef in the kitchen. We all eagerly form a line and dish up, and eat together as a group outside. This is a daily routine here at the winery.

Karen cooking up some beef on the EVO!

The chef who has prepared our food is none other than Karen Wright. Karen once played a large role in helping Ken run the business in its earlier years. Then as the company grew, and Ken and Karen’s family grew to include their two girls, Josie and Evy, Karen decided to concentrate on raising their girls, her own jewelry business, and other community organizations she is involved in. However, Karen still wanted to contribute to the winery. So, she began preparing meals for the whole working staff every day.

Now when you think of lunch time at work you might be en-visioning a typical brown bag lunch, with a cold sandwich, chips and a beverage. This is certainly not what is on the menu when Karen is the kitchen. She cooks a wide variety of dishes ranging from Italian, Mexican, BBQ, & seafood for example. She concentrates on cooking with local and seasonal ingredients.  The meat is usually sourced from Carlton Farms, or from market animals they have purchased from local youth involved in 4-H or FFA. Now for her source of produce and fresh herbs, she simply has to walk across the street to her raised beds located behind our tasting room. These beds are filled with fresh tomatoes, kale, beans, zucchinis, and many other vegetables.  These beds also provide food to the local food bank, Joseph Storehouse, during the summer.

We all feel very privileged at KWC to have our lunch time meals provided by Ken and Karen. It is a time we all look forward to each day.

Ken Wright Cellars Internship

As many of you know Ken Wright has been very involved in getting the new viticulture program started at Yamhill-Carlton high school. In conjunction with this new program Ken Wright has worked closely with Y-C  Agriculture Science and Technology instructor, Nichole Eskelsen, to offer a summer internship program for the students of Y-C. The internship is offered to students who are directly involved in the viticulture class and tending the newly planted onsite school pinot noir vineyard. In order to keep students involved in agricultural education and viticulture in their summer months off, the KWC internship provides that learning opportunity. We have 14 interns this summer: Kaylie Boschma, Kat Cline, JJ Frank,  Darrion Gering, Victoria Horlyk, Sam Kounz, Tamera McKenzie, Nicole Olson, Orrin Ouska, Nathan Pauve, Megan Sauers, Evan Shultz, Ashley VanDeWalle, and Conner Weidner.

KWC Interns


Rails with Trails Update!

For over 10 years Ken Wright has had a dream of seeing the railroad tracks that run behind the old train station/Ken Wright’s tasting room, as well as throughout Yamhill County, productive once again. He was very instrumental and creating the Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail group which has met once a month for over a year to help get this idea of putting in a biking/hiking trail along the old railroad. Ken and the group hope this trail will not only boost the economy of Carlton, but keep our roads safer for all.

Now it has finally happened. The Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail was awarded $1.4 million in grant money by the Oregon Transportation Commission. This is enough to pay the 13.5 miles of the remaining 17 miles of Union Pacific right of way it is seeking. The corridor runs from St. Joseph, just northeast of McMinnville on Highway 99W, to Washington County’s Hagg Lake, near Gaston.
It will  pass right through Carlton, behind the KWC
tasting room.


Ken Wright has so many people to thank who were influential in making this all happen. Be sure to read the article posted March 21st in the News Register for more information. The following is a quote right out of the article from Ken Wright talking about the trail. “We are really excited and know this is going to be an asset that will be here forever,” Wright said. “There are going to be generations and generations of people who are going to have this great resource for recreation.”

Yamhill-Carlton High School Vineyard Planting

After months of anticipation the day finally arrived. A couple weeks ago the agriculture students of Yamhill-Carlton high school, their teacher Nicole Eskelsen, and other community and Y-C AVA members gathered together to plant the first acre of Pinot Noir for the school’s vineyard. Ken Wright was among this group providing expertise when needed, and soaking up the joyful experience after putting in so much time and preparation to get this project up and running.  Everyone is excited to watch the students in this program and the vineyard grow for years to come.

How KWC Celebrates the Holidays

After having a spectacular harvest and open house event, Ken Wright Cellars has much to celebrate this holiday season. We kicked off December by hosting a variety of events for Christmas in Carlton. Families enjoyed taking pictures with Santa at Ken Wright Cellars tasting room and donated nearly 350 pounds of food to the Joseph Storehouse. As the festivities continued, we transformed the winery into a sparkling winter wonderland for the
Father Daughter Winter Waltz, complete with a dance floor, chocolate fountains and limo rides between the towns of Yamhill and Carlton.

A few weeks later the winery undergoes another decorating extravaganza for the Carlton Community Christmas Party. In place of the dance floor, Ken Wright brings in plush lazy boy couches, a portable fireplace and a 20 foot long craft table. Families from the local community come together to enjoy delicious food catered by Chemeketa Community College, are serenaded by musical guest Joni Harms and partake in a comical photo booth with RJ studio.

Left: Ivory Middle: Sarah Right: Jourdan

The Carlton Community Christmas Party is a wonderful event that brings our staff and community members together to celebrate one last time before we ring in the New Year and take our two week holiday break.

From our Family to Yours, Happy Holidays!

Santa visits the Ken Wright Cellars tasting room!

Santa flew in early to take pictures at the Ken Wright Cellars tasting room on Saturday, December 1st. Thank you to all of those who came out to celebrate Christmas in Carlton. We collected nearly 350 pounds of non-perishable food items and $40 in cash donations which were donated to the Joseph Storehouse of Carlton. Happy Holidays!

Welcome to our Blog

Welcome to the Ken Wright Cellars blog.  We are happy to have you join us as we “take life one sip at a time!”  We look forward to sharing Ken’s Journal, exciting happenings in the Yamhill-Carlton community, upcoming events, the wonderful world of Oregon wine, local cuisine and much more!  Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Ken Wright Cellars news.  ¡Salud!