Helmut & Andreas Wetzel


Schmidt, Rich

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Video File


1 hour 44 minutes 29 seconds

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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College Archives staff Rich Schmidt with Helmut and Andreas Wetzel, of Chateau Bianca Winery. The interview took place at Chateau Bianca Winery on July 20, 2015. Wine has had a place in the Wetzel’s family history for four generations, starting in Northern Bavaria. After selling off a distributorship, they bought their current property in Dallas, Oregon, in 1990 and built Chateau Bianca Winery.

In the interview, the Wetzels discuss what it was like in the early days of the Oregon wine industry, their philosophy on growing and making wine, and why they embrace the difficult-to-make champagne-style wine.


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