Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 56 seconds


July 17, 2020


This interview is with Erik Kramer of WillaKenzie Estate. In this interview, Erik describes his decision to join the wine industry and why he became passionate about wine. Erik then goes on to speak about studying wine in New Zealand and what eventually brought him to Oregon. He speaks about his time at Adelsheim and Domaine Serene, and what he took away from working for these well known brands. After, he speaks about working at WillaKenzie, the atmosphere of the winery, and the terroir of the Estate, and his winemaking philosophy. Towards the end of the interview, Erik 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, Erik gives his advice for those that want to join the wine industry.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at WillaKenzie Estate on July 17, 2020.


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