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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


Christmas and holiday decorations make the tasting room at Brooks Winery & Tasting Room in Amity, Oregon look festive. This image was taken during an oral history interview with Don and Carolyn Byard on December 11, 2015. The Byards were interviewed by staff from the Linfield College Archives.

Don Byard, along with his wife Carolyn, owned Eola Hills Vineyard and co-owned Hidden Springs Winery. When the Byards originally came to Oregon, they weren’t looking to buy land and grow grapes but, in 1973, Don eventually found a plot of 20 acres that was similar to what he had seen in Germany. In 1980, alongside Al Alexanderson, Hidden Springs Winery was started; the Byards sold it in 1993, and in 1998 it was renamed Brooks Winery under the leadership of Jimi Brooks.


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Oregon Wine History Archive. Jereld R. Nicholson Library. Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon.


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