Schmidt, Rich


56 minutes 54 seconds


June 8, 2020


This interview is with Brad Ford of Illahe Vineyards. In this interview, Brad talks about how he got into wine, and how his dad informed his career. Brad describes when he first knew he was passionate about wine, some of the things that appealed to him on his journey, what it was like working with various people in the industry, and how he developed his style. Brad then goes on to speak about the evolution of his growth for his vineyard, and what is has been like sharing his expertise with others. Towards the end of the interview, Brad touches on his winemaking philosophy, what he hopes consumers take away from his wines, the various projects he’s worked on, his impressions of the wine industry, his words of wisdom for someone looking to enter the industry, and what he sees for its future.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Illahe Vineyards on June 8, 2020.


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