Vivianne Marks Interview



Schmidt, Rich

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Video File


38 minutes 45 seconds

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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rich Schmidt with Vivianne Marks of ENSO Winery. The interview took place at ENSO Winery on August 16, 2019.

Vivianne Marks is the assistant winemaker at ENSO Winery. In this interview, Marks talks about how she got started in the wine industry and her education at Washington State University. Marks also discusses her labels RAM Cellars and VIV, her LGBTQIA community involvement, and representation of LGBTQIA people in the wine industry. Marks explains that part of her goal is to be a beacon for others to be visible and exist as themselves, and she discusses why she chooses to give back to support transgender and non-binary individuals. Marks describes her winemaking philosophy, as well as the challenges and benefits of being a small, urban winery. She closes the interview with her thoughts on the future of the Oregon wine industry, and she offers advice for those who haven't historically been a part of the industry but who are looking to enter it.


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