Schmidt, Rich


33 minutes 33 seconds


January 22, 2019

Interview Summary

This interview is with Carl and Tara McKnight, of St. Josef’s Winery and Pheasant Run. In this interview, the couple discuss the question “why wine,” as Tara was born into it, and Carl was married into it. They then discuss how they developed their roles at St. Josef’s Winery, and the challenges of having their own label. They also talk about the Cascade Foothills and show people the “gems” of the community, as well as how they balance both Pheasant Run, and St. Josef’s Winery. They both offer advice to newcomers who are looking to enter the business, and how grateful they are to be apart of the industry. Towards the end, the couple talk about the future of the Oregon Wine Industry, and what makes its wines so distinctive and their hopes for the future of their businesses.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at St. Josef’s Winery on January 22, 2019.


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