Gordy Venneri


Woody, Rachael Cristine


Salrin, Melissa

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43 minutes 31 seconds

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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 Gordy Venneri of Walla Walla Vintners. The interview took place on July 18, 2014 and included topics such as the community-oriented approach to winemaking in the Walla Walla Valley, Walla Walla Valley identity as a wine region, and Venneri’s advice to new winemakers.

Venneri discusses the close relationship shared by the older wineries in the area and recalls all the assistance they have provided for each other. He explores how this relationship may develop as even more wineries are started 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.