20 minutes 36 seconds
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.