A devastating, aggressive cancer has taken the life of Oregon's beloved Latino Winemaker at only 37 years of age. His family needs relief from mounting medical bills and to insure a promising future for his ten year old son Adrian.
Who was Jesus Guillen?
Jesus was the only Latino Award Winning Head Winemaker in the entire state of Oregon. He was Head Winemaker for White Rose Estate, a major wine label where he received many awards for the vintages he helped produce. He had even started bottling his own wine harvested from some under-ripe and undernourished vines that were being thrown out by Vista Hills Vineyard because of a vole infestation. The young 37 year old oenophile persevered in spite of a lack of encouragement from wine elites but the wine shockingly turned out to be not only "not too bad", as a matter of fact, it was very good. He named it appropriately "Survivor" and bottled it under his own label, Guillen Family Wines.
How did Jesus become a winemaker?
A native of Chihyahua, Mexico he came to the U.S. to stay long enough to learn English and visit his father who worked at White Rose Estate. Once here, he was infatuated with winemaking and realized he had the palate, the ambition, intelligence and hard work ethic to become an excellent winemaker. And so he did. In 2009 he produced a vintage that earned one of the highest scores ever given to an Oregon pinot noir by the Wine Advocate and he followed that up in 2010 with two more first and second place vintages on Portland Monthly's list of "Oregon's 50 Best Wines."
What does the future hold for Jesus' Family?
Jesus' Angels team intends to do all they can to support this extraordinary man's family. We hope that you will join us and the entire Oregon wine community in this worthy endeavor.