Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 43 minutes 21 seconds


May 12, 2021


This interview is with Ben Casteel of Bethel Heights Vineyard. In this interview, Ben speaks about being born into the wine industry. He goes over what it was like growing up on a vineyard and working with his father, uncle, and cousins. He describes his education and his interest in English Literature before he decided to pursue wine. Ben also talks about going to France, learning the language, and working on a vineyard in Burgundy.

Later, Ben speaks about how his career in the Oregon Wine Industry took off. He discusses his work at Rex Hill and what it was like starting as a Warehouse Manager and growing until he became Assistant Winemaker. Then, he talks about his decision to go back home and take on the role as Winemaker at his family’s vineyard.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Bethel Heights Vineyard in Salem on May 12, 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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