Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 35 minutes 16 seconds


February 22, 2023


This interview is with Jonathan Honefenger of Wild Child Wines. In this interview, Jonathan speaks about his enthusiasm for history and civilization, and how that led him to an exploration of wine. From there, he talks about getting started on the restaurant/sommelier side of the industry as a “curator” of wine in Texas fine dining establishments, and his excitement at being able to travel the world and drink wine.

Later, he talks about his decision to make wine and move to Oregon, and the process of starting his brand, Wild Child. He also explores Oregon’s place in the wine world and what the future holds.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt in the Nicholson Library at Linfield University on February 22, 2023.


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


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