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Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers

Supporting Community Need

The next time you enjoy locally produced wine or fresh fruits and vegetables, take a moment to appreciate the people who brought this bounty to your table. In San Luis Obispo County, we rely on thousands of workers to plant, care for and harvest the fruits, vegetables and wine grapes grown here.

The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers was established in 2004 by Brian and Johnine Talley to provide grants to non-profit organizations that assist San Luis Obispo County agricultural workers and their families.  The endowment is over $590,000 and our goal is to establish an endowment of  $1 million so that this support can continue in perpetuity.  Beneficiaries are 501(c)3 non profit organizations and past recipients have included Clinica de Tolosa, Raising a Reader, the Children’s Health Initiative, the South County Boys and Girls Club, and the San Luis Obispo County Literacy Council.  In 2013, $17,600 was granted to Raising a Reader, AVID, Operation School Bell and the Literary Council.

The key fundraising effort for The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers is the annual release of Mano Tinta.  Mano Tinta ("Red Hand" in Spanish) was chosen to signify the pride and commitment of farm workers to their craft.  All of the grapes, materials and services used to make Mano Tinta wines are donated and all of the profit benefits The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers. Sinor LaValle Vineyards, Ranchita Canyon Vineyards, Wolff Vineyards, Laetitia Vineyard and Winery and Talley Vineyards are only a partial list of vineyards who have contributed over the years in an effort that has raised nearly $600,000 for the Fund.  Growers and vintners from across San Luis Obispo County are encouraged to become involved with the Mano Tinta project, either by donating grapes or by producing their own Mano Tinta wine.  For more information, please contact Talley Vineyards Winemaker Eric Johnson, eric@talleyvineyards.comTo date, the following Mano Tinta wines have been released:

2004 Mano Tinta Syrah (500 cs. produced)
2005 Mano Tinta Syrah (500 cs. produced)
2005 Mano Tinta Pinot Noir, East Rincon Vineyard (125 magnums)
2006 Mano Tinta Red Wine, San Luis Obispo County (500 cs. produced)
2006 Mano Tinta Pinot Noir, Rosemary's Vineyard (125 magnums)
2007 Mano Tinta Red Wine, San Luis Obispo County (200 cs. produced)
2008 Mano Tinta Red Wine, San Luis Obispo County (186 cs. produced)
2009 Mano Tinta Red Wine, Paso Robles (228 cs. produced)
2010 Mano Tinta Red Wine, Paso Robles (250 cs. produced)

For more information about The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers, please contact Brian or Johnine Talley, 805-489-0446 or Janice Fong Wolf at The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County, 805-543-2323.

Donations to The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers may also be made online via The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County website. 

Mano Tinta Labels
2004-2005 Label 2006 Label 2007 Label
2008 Label 2009 Label 2010 Label