Schmidt, Rich


2 hour 38 minutes 50 seconds


January 12, 2021


This interview is with Eric Hamacher of Hamacher Wines . In this interview, He begins the interview by describing why he came to Oregon and how he became invested in the Oregon Wine industry.

Later on he discusses the influence that 2020 had on the industry, including the impact of COVID-19 and the Oregon fires. Eric speaks about the loss of his 2020 harvest due to the wildfire smoke, but also how those from New Zealand, Australia, and California – who have dealt with the threat from fires in previous years – were ready to offer advice. Providing just another example of how supportive the wine industry can be.

Eric specifically mentions the kindness that Oregon winemakers have. The history of the Oregon wine industry has always had moments that are filled with, as Eric says, serendipity, synchronicity, and goodwill. Eric’s stories show that in a state filled with mostly small wineries and vineyards, this supportive nature has kept it alive.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Hamacher Wines on January 12, 2021.


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