Schmidt, Rich


52 minutes 48 seconds


July 1, 2019

Interview Summary

This interview is with Morgan Beck of Johan Vineyards. In this interview, she discusses how she got into wine which stemmed from a variety of things— her parents being involved in horticulture, her experience in the restaurant business, tasting Oregon Pinot Noir, and traveling to South America being some of them. She discusses her first winemaking experience in Sonoma, first biodynamic winemaking experience, as well as how her time abroad has informed her understanding of wine. She then goes on to discuss why Pinot Noir, her vineyard philosophy, and her time at Johan. She then goes on to speak about her winemaking philosophy, why she believes in biodynamic farming, what she sees for the future of Johan, the Oregon Wine Industry, and offers advice to someone looking to enter the Oregon Wine Industry.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Johan Vineyards on July 1, 2019.


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