20 minutes 36 seconds



Interview Summary

With a degree in viticulture and enology from the University of California at Davis, David Lett moved to Oregon in 1965 in pursuit of the perfect vineyard site. The Eyrie Vineyards were founded in 1966 by David and Diana Lett in the Red Hills of Dundee, Oregon. The Letts made Oregon wine history in 1980, earning a little fame for the state after making the first American Pinot Noir to compete successfully with the renowned Pinot Noirs of Burgundy. Jason Lett took on the positions of winemaker and vineyard manager in 2005, carrying on the family legacy.

In this interview, David talks about the excitement of growing Pinot Noir in Oregon. He also addresses industry history regarding land use laws and region innovations.

This interview was conducted in 2004.


Some oral history interviews are conducted on site and may contain background noise from nature, winery, or tasting room operations. The videos in this collection are raw footage donated to the Oregon Wine History Archives. The quality of the footage is inconsistent and contains some visual disturbances with camera movement. Motion sickness may occur.

This project is supported in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust.