Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 40 minutes 33 seconds


August 17, 2020


This interview is with Dave Paige of David Paige Wines. In this interview, Dave describes how he got into wine, the education he received, and his various travels that informed his understanding of wine and winemaking. Dave then goes on to speak about what it was like coming to Oregon and working his first harvest at Adelsheim, just days after 9/11. He describes what it was like taking over as winemaker for David Adelsheim, and describes the evolution of Adelsheim wines over the past 15 years.

Later, Dave speaks to starting his David Paige Wines brand, and explains his business plan, winemaking style, and hopes for the future. He tells of the initial impressions he has received about his wines, and describes details about choosing a vineyard to make wine from. Towards the end of the interview, Dave touches on what he sees within the future, and what he has had to change over the past few months due to COVID-19. To conclude, David talks about the biggest changes he’s seen in the industry and gives his advice for newcomers.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at David’s home on August 17, 2020.


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