Woody, Rachael Cristine

Salrin, Melissa




58 minutes 21 seconds


July 16, 2014

Interview Summary

This interview is with Gary Figgins of Leonetti Cellar. 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.

This interview was conducted by Rachael Woody and Melissa Salrin on July 16, 2014.


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

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