Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 9 minutes 4 seconds


March 8, 2023


This interview is with Maddy Rausch of Bergström Wines. In this interview, Maddy speaks about a passion for food, drink, and nature leading her to follow the winemaking path. She talks about feeling at home at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and about her formal wine education, followed by her initial experiences in wineries in California and New Zealand.

An appreciation for Bergström wine led her to pursue an internship there, followed by a whirlwind path as cellarmaster, assistant winemaker, and winemaker. She talked about handling the increasing responsibility and about the challenges of recent vintages, as well as what she’s looking ahead to.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Bergström Wines on March 8, 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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