Mary Bjelland


Woody, Rachael Cristine

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Video File




32 minutes 18 seconds

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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rachael Cristine Woody with Mary Bjelland of Bjelland Winery. The interview took place at the Douglas County (Oregon) Museum on June 4, 2013, and covered topics including early wine industry history in Douglas County and Paul and Mary Bjelland’s involvement in the industry.

The interview focuses on Paul Bjelland’s creation and involvement in early regional associations and events, such as “Greatest of the Grape.” Mary Bjelland also recalls specific tasks that she was in charge of at Bjelland Winery, including taking care of the animals, blending the berry wines, and running the Bjelland tasting room.

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


This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Wine Board.

The Southern Oregon oral history interviews were conducted on site and may contain background noise from nature, winery, or tasting room operations.