Schmidt, Rich


56 minutes 15 seconds


June 13, 2023


This interview is with Matt Brennecke of Defranceschi. In this interview, Matt speaks about his wine journey, from growing up working as a vineyard hand at 14, eventually becoming a winemaker, and then to selling wine equipment.

Matt dives into what his career looked like before wine as an educator with an art degree. He shares his journey to finding wine again in his adult life and all the challenges and successes that came along with the wine scene in Missouri. He also talks about what prompted him to work with Defranceschi, a wine equipment producer, and what his role there looks like.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Linfield University in McMinnville on June 13, 2023.


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