Wine is about coming together

It’s about family, friends, ideas, conversation and sharing. At Dobbes Family Estate, we are committed to giving back to our community as it’s an integral part of who we are as individuals, and therefore, an integral part of our business.

Our Charitable Giving Program was developed to allow everyone on the Dobbes Team the opportunity to support a deserving cause near and dear to their heart. During that quarter, a wine is featured in the tasting room and online and 10 percent of its sales are donated to the chosen charity.


This quarter, Production Winemaker, Travis Proctor selected the Yamhill Enrichment Society as the featured charity. Dobbes Family Estate will donate 10% of the proceeds from the sales of our 2014 Grand Assemblage Pinot Noir.  Read his story below then follow the link to purchase our 2014 Grand Assemblage Pinot Noir to support this cause.

Why Travis Proctor chose Yamhill Enrichment Society:

I am delighted to recommend Yamhill Enrichment Society’s Bounty of Yamhill County as our charity for this quarter. This project includes attention to arts and education, food and agriculture, and history and community. In a culture that struggles with priorities, I find these to be of paramount importance. We are all challenged with losing sight of what is most important. The health of our communities and our loved ones are tied to the health of our environment, both wild and cultivated. The wisdom of our elders must be nurtured and shared in order to avoid the mistakes of the past.

My grandfathers and great-grandfathers were farmers, dairymen, butchers, apple tree salesmen, and grocers. Some of my great aunts picked tree fruit and other crops during the Depression (they would have correctly been called migrant workers). Food is fundamental to a healthy society and community. Wine is food and has been an important part of human history and the development of human culture. When our ancestors couldn’t drink the water, they drank wine.

My college degree is in the study of cinema, and film will always be a passion for me. The transformative nature of the arts has always been a big part of my life, especially film and music. As a father, it is important to me that the arts are part of my child’s daily life. His education is my first priority and living in a community that appreciates the importance of education requires that we all give back to organizations like YES.

Finally, the study of history, including genealogy, is another hobby of mine. I find very few things more satisfying to consider than how historical events and people have shaped the world in which we live today, for better or for worse. A famous quote by George Santayana is often paraphrased to the point of losing some of its core meaning:

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

We must embrace complexity and promote a deep understanding of the past in order to preserve and protect the traditions that will keep us on a path to prosperity and healthy communities.


Travis Proctor


Organizations we are proud to have recently supported: