Steve Bickford, Don Bickford, and John Stehlik Interview



Woody, Rachael Cristine

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Video File


27 minutes 54 seconds

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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rachael Cristine Woody with Steve Bickford, John Stehlik, and Don Bickford of Mt. Hood Winery. The interview took place at Mt. Hood Winery on June 16, 2014. Topics include growing wine grapes with other fruit, the dynamic between the Oregon and Washington agricultural industries, and the place of the wine industry in Hood River.

In the interview, the men discuss dividing the various roles of running both a winery and an orchard as a family business. Much of the focus of the interview is the changing agricultural and cultural climate of Hood River. They talk about the financial reasons why grapes became a more economically viable crop than other types of fruit, such as apples.

For a shareable version of this video, please see the interview on YouTube.


This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Wine Board.

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