In 2013, the Oregon Wine Board sponsored a Linfield College project to conduct a history survey of the Umpqua and Rogue Valley AVAs. A large portion of the grant project focused on "Pioneer Profiles," and the result is a collection of oral history interviews with the Southern Oregon wine industry's modern-day wine pioneers. An oral history interview gathers and preserves the memories and voices of participants in important historical events.

This collection contains oral history interviews from Southern Oregon wine industry members in the Umpqua Valley AVA, the adjacent Elkton AVA, and the sub-appellation of Red Hill Douglas County. Content includes video interviews that range from fifteen minutes to two hours. This portion of the project was supported in part by Linfield College's partners: Douglas County Museum and Southern Oregon Wine Institute - Umpqua Community College.


Submissions from 2013

Mary Bjelland Interview, Mary Bjelland

John Bradley Interview, John Bradley

Terry Brandborg Interview, Terry Brandborg

Philippe Girardet Interview, Philippe Girardet

Scott Henry Interview, Scott Henry

Earl Jones Interview, Earl Jones

Mack McCorquodale Interview, Mack McCorquodale

Bill Nelson Interview, Bill Nelson

Blaine Nisson Interview, Blaine Nisson

Shelley Doerner Wetherell and Mike Wetherell Interview, Shelley Doerner Wetherell and Mike Wetherell