Document Type


Date Range

circa 2010-2011


Viticulture and Oenology


This document describes the history of the Steamboat Conference. The Steamboat Conference is an annual collaboration between Pinot Noir winemakers from Oregon and California. Eugene chef Del Pearl, Sunriver sommelier Rick Denton, California winemaker Jim Olsen, and Stephen Cary came up with the idea for the gathering and sharing of knowledge in the fall of 1979. Originally the plan was to alternate locations for the conference between Oregon and California, but after the first four years they decided the Steamboat Inn in Oregon's Umpqua Valley was the best location, and the conference has remained there since. In the last 28 years, the conference has welcomed makers of Pinot Noir from around the globe. Based on the success of the collaboration, similar conferences are now held in New Zealand, Central Coastal California, Chile, and both Victoria and Tasmania in Australia.


Collection Credit
Stephen Cary Papers. Jereld R. Nicholson Library. Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon. Donated by Stephen Cary, 2015.


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