Pat Dudley Interview




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Video File


23 minutes 53 seconds

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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


Pat Dudley is the current president and marketing director at Bethel Heights Vineyard in Salem, Oregon. In 1978, Pat and three other founding family members left behind their lives in academia to reconnect with the earth.

In this interview, Dudley talks about why wine became a part of their lives and what the early Oregon wine industry was like. For the Casteels, Dudley, and Marilyn Webb (the founding members), there was no question in deciding to grow Pinot Noir in Oregon. Dudley was very involved in developing organizations and events in the industry, including the International Pinot Noir Celebration, Oregon Pinot Camp, Oregon Wine Board, and more. She explains the spirit of Oregon and the importance of coming together for success as a whole.

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. The videos in this collection are raw footage donated to the Oregon Wine History Archives. The quality of the footage is inconsistent and contains some visual disturbances with camera movement. Motion sickness may occur.

This project is supported in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust.