Ken and Penny Durant Interview
1 hour 6 seconds
Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology
This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rich Schmidt with Ken and Penny Durant of Durant Vineyards. The interview took place at Durant Vineyards in Dayton, Oregon on June 4, 2019.
Ken and Penny Durant are co-owners and founders of Durant Vineyards, established in 1973. In this interview, the Durants discuss how they started as home winemakers just for fun, then decided to transition fully into the wine industry. They talk about the challenges and successes that came with their business, as well as how they uniquely decided to make and sell olive oil alongside their grapes and wines. The Durants acknowledge how fortunate they are to have built something that has lasted and that can survive, and they conclude the interview describing what they see for the future of the Oregon wine industry.
Durant, Ken and Durant, Penny, "Ken and Penny Durant Interview" (2019). Browse All Willamette Valley Oral History Interviews. Video File. Submission 96.