Schmidt, Rich

Weber, Camille




1 hour 44 minutes 29 seconds


July 20, 2015

Interview Summary

This interview is with Helmut and Andreas Wetzel, of Chateau Bianca Winery.  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.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt and Camille Weber at Chateau Bianca Winery on July 20, 2015.


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