Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 25 seconds


June 18, 2019

Interview Summary

This interview is with David Polite of Carlton Hill Vineyard. In this interview, David discusses how he got into wine after his education from Reed to Chemeketa, as well as how he acquired his land: “I just knew it was right.” He then goes on to talk about the uniqueness of his Eastern facing land, his grape growing and winemaking philosophies, as well as his business model. Towards the end of the interview, David speaks about the Yamhill Carlton AVA, changes to the Oregon Wine Industry, and his proudest accomplishments.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Carlton Hill Vineyard on June 18, 2019.


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