Schmidt, Rich


58 minutes 53 seconds


March 15, 2019

Interview Summary

This interview is with Katie Santora, winemaker at Chehalem Winery. In this interview, Katie discusses how she got into the wine industry after her dad’s friend suggested she study winemaking. She talks about the program she entered at UC Davis, the education she received, and how she ended up in Oregon working at various other wineries before ending up at Chehalem. Katie speaks about her travels as well as the tremendous support she received from the industry that has kept her passionate about winemaking. Towards the end of the interview, Katie showcases her gratitude for the position she has as a woman in the wine industry, her wine making philosophy, advice for people looking to enter the wine industry, the future of Chehalem, as well as her own personal goals.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Chehalem Winery on March 15, 2019.


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