Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 16 minutes 10 seconds


August 14, 2019

Interview Summary

This interview is with Herb and Eleanor Sims of Barrel Fence Cellars. In this interview, the couple talk about how they got into the wine industry as it was not their original jobs, how they obtained their property, and their land purchase in New Zealand. They go on to speak about the similarities and differences between New Zealand and Oregon wine, and what it’s like managing separate locations. Towards the end of the interview, they discuss the Oregon wine industry and Herb discusses his passion for preserving the industry’s histor. To conclude, they touch on the future for them, and the Oregon Wine Industry.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Barrel Fence Cellars on August 14, 2019.


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