Bill Nelson


Woody, Rachael Cristine

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Video File




1 hour 0 minutes 29 seconds

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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rachael Cristine Woody with Bill Nelson, an early member of the Oregon Winegrowers Association and Wine America. The interview took place at the Oregon Wine Board on May 30, 2013 and covered topics including the early wine industry history of Southern Oregon, Oregon as a whole, and the United States.

Nelson provides a description of the evolution of the Oregon Wine Council, the Oregon Winegrowers Association, and the formation of the Oregon Wine Advisory Board. Nelson also speaks to early legislative efforts in the wine industry, and he speculates how the consumer market may evolve in the future.

For a shareable version of this video, please see the interview on YouTube.


This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Wine Board.

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