Barney Watson


Schmidt, Rich

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Video File


1 hour 26 minutes 44 seconds

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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College Archives staff Rich Schmidt with Barney Watson, of Oregon State University. The interview took place at the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College on September 22, 2015.

Barney Watson was an instructor and Enology Extension Specialist at Oregon State University (OSU) for 28 years, working to develop the best ways to bring grape clones into the Oregon wine industry. In 2004, he co-founded a winery, Tyee. In this interview, Watson discusses how he got into the wine industry, his work at OSU, and his overall wine philosophy.


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