Yamhill-Carlton High School’s vineyard covers about an acre, and agriculture students help with trimming vines, testing soil, and pruning and harvesting grapes. The grapes are sent to Ken Wright Cellars and made into wine, which is sold as a fundraiser for the Yamhill-Carlton FFA. All proceeds are used to sustain the school’s viticulture program.
The custom-made Pinot Noir is called Tiger Vines Wine, in honor of the Yamhill-Carlton high school mascot.The school’s vineyard typically produces 120 cases of wine each year, which totals 1,440 bottles. Mark Gould, the vineyard manager at Ken Wright Cellars, has been instrumental in making Yamhill-Carlton’s vineyard a success.