As many of you know, the Ken Wright tasting room is located in the old Carlton train depot on Pine Street. Ken and Karen Wright kept most of the original structure and look of the train depot when they bought it and renovated it over 10 years ago. In addition to its role of a tasting room it now serves as an historic icon for Carlton. Up until recently the back side of the building was a rotting wood loading dock that served no purpose to the business or its customers. It has now transformed into a cool new space complete with an ipe wood deck, fresh cement and pavers, beautiful landscaping, and three unique fire pits. It is still to be determined exactly how this new space will be utilized, but eventually Ken wants it to become a fun new place for people to visit. There has been talk of live music and tasty drinks and eats… but stay tuned for an official announcement. A big thank you to Kris Stubberfield and everyone who helped make this happen!
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
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.”
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.
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 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!