Donna Stoney Interview



Schmidt, Rich

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Video File


36 minutes 51 seconds

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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rich Schmidt with Donna Stoney of Stoney Wines. The interview took place in Gresham, Oregon on August 16, 2019.

Donna Stoney is the founder of Stoney Wines. In this interview, Stoney talks about how she decided to go into the wine industry after a career in social services, working with people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. She discusses the decision to make her own wine, meeting and working with winemaker Bertony Faustin (of Abbey Creek Vineyard), planning her first vintage in 2019, and leaving a legacy for people in the future. Stoney describes what she hopes consumers take away from her wines, her hopes for the industry, and what it's like to be an African American woman in the wine industry. She closes the interview by talking about the future of her business, as well as words of wisdom for those looking to enter the industry today.


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