Schmidt, Rich


35 minutes 21 seconds


November 9, 2018

Interview Summary

This interview is with Josef and Lilli Fleischmann of St. Josef’s Winery. In this interview, the couple talk about how they moved to the U.S. and later Oregon to plant grapes and finally establishing a winery. They both discuss the difficulties in figuring out their roles within the wine industry, as well as how they came up with the name for their winery. Josef talks about their winemaking/growing philosophy with much outside help and European influence. The couple shares the hope that their family continues their business. Lastly, both detail how far the industry has progressed since they first entered it, and the pride they both have for their establishment and what they have created. Both agree that the industry will continue to grow in the future.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at St. Josef’s Winery on November 9, 2018.


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