Stirling Fox Interview



Schmidt, Rich

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Video File


1 hour 42 minutes 9 seconds

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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rich Schmidt with Stirling Fox of Mad Violets Wine Co. The interview took place at the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon on April 5, 2019.

Stirling Fox is the owner of Mad Violets Wine Co. in Newberg, Oregon. In this interview, Fox discusses how he got into wine and found his place in the Oregon wine industry, as well as his education at Oregon State University. Fox talks about the various places he worked, as well as the difficulties in dealing with harvests. He then discusses his “stick-with-it” attitude that comes with his job of vineyard management; he isn’t afraid of a challenge. Fox explains how his two daughters inspired the name “Mad Violets,” and he goes into how he created his own company. Fox also speaks about his vineyard management philosophy, his involvement with LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology), and what he sees as the future of the Oregon wine industry.


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