Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 26 minutes 40 seconds


December 14, 2022


This interview is with Jeff Lewis of Alexana Winery. In this interview, Jeff speaks about growing up in Kansas and his interest in cooking and industrial design. This led him into the restaurant scene where he was able to design his own restaurant at a young age, and also allowed him to begin to explore the world, including Argentina.

Eventually he found his way to Portland and his experience in Argentina helped him land a role at Alexana, as the company was starting a winery in Mendoza. He takes us through this journey, and his evolving role at Alexana, as well as talking about the changes and growth in the Oregon wine industry since his arrival.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Alexana Winery on December 14, 2022.


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


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