Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 38 minutes 15 seconds


March 28, 2023


This interview is with Gilles de Domingo of Cooper Mountain Vineyards. In this interview, Gilles speaks about growing up in Bordeaux and setting out into the wine world with the intent of going back to help run his family’s estate. A chance encounter led him to Oregon to work at King Estate in the 1990s, and he has stayed in the Oregon wine industry since.

Gilles talks about his role as the winemaker being to honor the work of the vineyard stewards, and not to mess up their efforts. He discusses his own interested in biodynamic and organic farming and the ways he has seen these farming methods increase in Oregon. And he talks about his most important accomplishments.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Cooper Mountain Vineyards on March 28, 2023.


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


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