Marjorie Vuylsteke Interview



Woody, Rachael Cristine


Weber, Camille

Document Type

Video File


35 minutes 2 seconds

Publication Date



Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rachael Cristine Woody and Linfield College student Camille Weber with Marjorie Vuylsteke. The interview took place at Vuylsteke's home near Oak Knoll Winery on July 9, 2015. Topics included what it was like to be one of the early Oregon wine industry pioneers and Vuylsteke's role in developing outreach and educational events for the winery.

In the mid-1960s, amid a busy household with six children, a hobby of canning transitioned into homemade winemaking. After receiving accolades from family and friends for their berry wines, Marjorie and Rob Vuylsteke decided to pursue their interest and bought an old farm with a former dairy parlor they thought would be perfect for a winery. Many years and awards later (for their various berry fruit and vinifera wines), Oak Knoll Winery continues to operate in Hillsboro, Oregon.

In this interview, Marjorie Vuylsteke discusses the early days of the wine industry and how Oak Knoll Winery began. She discusses winemaking philosophy, women in the industry, and what it was like being one of the pioneers.

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


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