Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 14 minutes 57 seconds


April 15, 2021


This interview is with Anne Sery of Westmount and NW Wine Company. In this interview, Anne speaks about growing up in France where wine was a standard and necessary part of the culture she was a part of. She explains that the way she grew up made her future role as a winemaker almost inevitable. She describes what it was like working her first job on a vineyard and how she eventually became a winemaker. She describes the nature of her work and her style of winemaking. She also goes over what it was like to move to Oregon, what she struggled and triumphed with in the new environment, and what her first impressions of Oregon Wine were. She compares the Oregon and French viticulture and wine cultures, noting the key role that the Oregon Wine community plays in fostering the industry.

Later, Anne talks about the how COVID-19 and the Oregon wildfires affected her work and how her team adapted to the new challenges. She shares some of her predictions for the future of Oregon Wine, which includes the possibility of more people coming from outside Oregon to join the industry. She ends by sharing her take on what wine’s role in society is.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at the Hyland tasting room in Dundee on April 15, 2021.


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


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