Stephen Cary Steamboat Conference Interview



Woody, Rachael Cristine

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Video File


40 minutes

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Stephen Cary is the winemaker at Yamhill Valley Vineyards in McMinnville, Oregon. He knew early on that a normal 9-5 job was not the right path for him and has since been involved in the industry as a wine seller, buyer, and maker. Cary has left many impressive marks on the wine industry during his time thus far, including founding the Steamboat Conference and organizing the Burgundy Challenge. Cary makes his wine with the philosophy that the grapes tell him how to deal with them, and he thinks that Oregon's terroir is a significant aspect that differentiates Oregon's wines from other parts of the world.

In this interview, Cary discusses the Steamboat Conference in depth. He describes the origin of the famous event, what it entails, and how it has remained a symbol of the efforts of collaboration in the Oregon wine industry for more than 30 years.


The oral history interviews were conducted on site and may contain background noise from nature, winery, or tasting room operations.