Schmidt, Rich


55 minutes 28 seconds


March 31, 2021


This interview is with DeAnna Ornelas. She is the brand ambassador for Winderlea Vineyard and Winery, as well as the president of AHIVOY. Along with speaking about each of her positions in the wine industry, she also discussed her education in wine, what brought her to Oregon, and why she fell in love with the wine industry in the first place.

DeAnna spoke about the disparities of the Oregon wine industry, and how she has spearheaded DEI training for wineries in the Willamette Valley. She later shared what attracted her to the AHIVOY organization, and the success they have had with the first class of students. Later, she shared what she hopes the future holds for Oregon wine, and concluded with what the responsibility wine and the industry has is in society.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt on March 31, 2021.


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


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