INTERVIEWER

Schmidt, Rich

DURATION

1 hour 36 minutes

DATE

October 29, 2019

INTERVIEW SUMMARY

This interview is with Charlie Garrell of Oregon Wine Guides. In this interview, Charlie talks about how he got into the wine business, fueled by a passion of intellectual pursuit and a love for wine. He also speaks about his work within the industry and what led him to creating and starting his own tour guide business, talking about what makes his job unique, how he tailors his tours to his clients, and the breadth of knowledge and awareness needed for this job. Towards the end of the interview, Charlie goes on to speak about how the industry has received his business, how he markets himself, the future for tourism in the industry, as well as what wine is really about: the story. To end, he reflects on the most rewarding part of his job, and offers words of wisdom to those wishing to enter the industry.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at the Nicholson Library at Linfield College on October 29, 2019.

COMMENTS

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