Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 7 minutes 47 seconds


August 19, 2020


This interview is with Tabitha and Matt Compton with Compton Family Wines. In this interview, they describe meeting in college, with Matt managing a research vineyard for Oregon State, and later starting a vineyard management company. Matt and Tabitha describe establishing Spindrift Cellars, and later changing the brand to Compton Family Wines. They speak about their decision to change their branding, choosing their location, as well as their winemaking and farming practices. Next, Matt and Tabitha speak about starting their own distribution company focusing on in-state sales and how selling wine has evolved. They speak about the biggest changes they have seen in Oregon and with their brand over the past 20 years, and tell how Covid-19 has affected their business and life. To conclude, Tabitha and Matt talk about their goals for the future, and how they maintain a successful relationship in the wine industry.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Compton Family Wines on August 19, 2020.


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