Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 1 minutes 13 seconds


February 17, 2023


This interview is with Mauricio Collada of Cubanisimo Vineyards. In this interview, Mauricio speaks about his early life in Cuba and his family fleeing the Castro regime to immigrate to Miami. He talks about an early encounter with a life-saving doctor that instilled in Mauricio the goal of becoming a doctor to help people, and of the path he took to become a neurosurgeon and find his way to Oregon.

He also talks about his discovery of and passion for Pinot Noir, and his excitement at discovering the burgeoning Oregon wine scene in the 1980s. The birth and growth of Cubanisimo Vineyards is discussed, as his his family’s role and a look at what comes next.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Cubanisimo Vineyards in Salem on February 17, 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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