Lynn Penner-Ash



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Video File


13 minutes 17 seconds

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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


Lynn Penner-Ash earned a degree in Enology and began working in California until moving up to Oregon in 1988, where she became one of the first female winemakers hired in Oregon. In 1998, she and her husband started Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, where they have gone from producing 125 cases in 1998 to 15,000 cases in 2015.

In this interview, Lynn Penner-Ash tells about what drew her to Oregon and some of the issues going on when she arrived as a second-generation winemaker. One difference from California was the stricter labeling laws and higher taxes in Oregon. Penner-Ash appreciates the challenge of growing grapes in Oregon and also discusses the marketing challenges and changes that she has seen in the industry over the years.

For a shareable version of this video, please see the interview on YouTube.


The oral history interviews were conducted on site and may contain background noise from nature, winery, or tasting room operations. The videos in this collection are raw footage donated to the Oregon Wine History Archives. The quality of the footage is inconsistent and contains some visual disturbances with camera movement. Motion sickness may occur.

This project is supported in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust.