Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 20 minutes 20 seconds


March 5, 2020


This interview is with Kate Payne Brown. In this interview, Kate discusses how she got into the wine industry and to Oregon, as well as her various experiences she’s gained that has aided in giving her the knowledge that she has today. Kate then talks about the responsibilities she has as a winemaker, how she works with other people doing similar jobs, and how she is still able to showcase her own voice and style through her work and decisions. She also discusses her own label and the meaning behind it’s name, and speaks about what it’s like being a woman in the wine industry. Towards the end of the interview, Kate touches on changes she’s seen in the Oregon Wine Industry, what she sees in the future, and describes what the role of wine is in society.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Stoller Winery on March 5, 2020.


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