INTERVIEWER

Schmidt, Rich

DURATION

1 hour 9 seconds

DATE

August 21, 2023

INTERVIEW SUMMARY

This interview is with Chris Thomas of Celestial Hill Vineyard. In this interview, Chris speaks about discovering wine and eventually entering the industry.

Chris talks about growing up in up-state New York and meeting his wife. He dives into being a CPA by trade, but shares how that career did not stick. Chris then talks about living in Europe and falling in love with all things Burgundy, France.

Later in the interview, Chris talks about creating Celestial Hill Vineyard and all that went into creating both the label and the vineyard. He leaves us with both his professional and personal hopes for the future.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Celestial Hill Vineyard in McMinnville on August 21, 2023.

COMMENTS

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

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