Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 27 minutes 17 seconds


May 27, 2021


This interview is with Dick Erath of Erath Winery. In this interview, Dick shares his experience of working in the Oregon wine industry. He speaks about the benchmark moments in the Oregon Wine Industry, tells stories about others in the industry, and goes over struggles the industry faced – like the appearance of phylloxera. He describes the early days at Erath, as well as the challenges and questions he encountered. He discusses growing his business, selling his wine, and adapting as the industry grew. He also talks about the past and present of Oregon Wine and predicts what will be in its future.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Linfield University Library in McMinnville on May 27, 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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