Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 40 minutes 38 seconds


January 18, 2023


This interview is with Clay Wesson of Willamette Valley Vineyards. In this interview, Clay speaks about his education and early work in horticulture, and his eventual transition into viticulture specifically. His work led him into biodynamics and stewardship of the land.

He talks about bringing that skillset to Willamette Valley Vineyards’ new project Domaine Willamette, and working to transition the vineyard on site toward biodynamic farming while thinking about how to scale that work as well. He also talks about what he’s seen in the Oregon wine industry and about the future of sustainability and biodynamics.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Domaine Willamette in Dayton on January 18, 2023.


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


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