Bringing Vines to the Valley Oral Histories


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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


This video centers around the idea of sustainability in the early years of wine-growing in the Willamette Valley. The "back to the earth" hippie movement inspired several of the winegrowers to produce a more natural wine, whereas others realized that they enjoyed the taste of a natural wine rather than one that had been processed in the winery. Topics discussed include the issue of Salmon Safe and runoff from the vineyards, as well as making a more ecologically friendly vineyard that was biologically rather than chemically protected. The video features interviews with Dick and Nancy Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyards, Diana Lett of The Eyrie Vineyards, Susan Sokol Blosser of Sokol Blosser Winery, and Myron Redford of Amity Vineyards.


The Linfield Center for the Northwest thanks all who participated in this film for the opportunity to learn about the experiences that have made the Willamette wine-growing region what it is today.


Interviewer, Jeff Peterson ; video editing, filming, and sound, Barrett Dahl ; filming and sound, Mark Pederson ; video editing, Colleen Williams


6 minutes 26 seconds