Gary Figgins


Woody, Rachael Cristine


Salrin, Melissa

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Video File




58 minutes 21 seconds

Publication Date



Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rachael Cristine Woody and Whitman College archivist Melissa Salrin with Gary Figgins of Leonetti Cellars. The interview took place on July 16, 2014. Topics included Figgins’s family history as it relates to wine and Walla Walla, his involvement in the creation of the Walla Walla AVA, and the development of Walla Walla over the last century.

Figgins discusses the long history of Walla Walla as a former gold rush town, as well as his Italian heritage as it relates to his relationship with wine. He also discusses his participation in the creation of the Walla Walla AVA along with some of the other winery owners and winemakers in the area.

For a shareable version of this video, please see the interview on YouTube.


This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Wine Board.

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