Lonnie Wright Interview



Woody, Rachael Cristine

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Video File


55 minutes 48 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 Lonnie Wright of The Pines 1852. The interview took place at Wright’s home in The Dalles, Oregon on June 15, 2014 and included topics such as the history of his vineyard, his start in the wine industry, and the Columbia Gorge climate.

Wright talks about the long history of his vineyard, including the Sandoz family, one of the first grape-growing families in the area. He goes on to talk about how he came to have an interest in wine and winemaking and his interest in the history of his property and the Columbia Valley. He also discusses reviving the old vine Zinfandel vineyard, with roots that are over 100 years old.

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.