Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 17 minutes 16 seconds


June 26, 2023


This interview is with Raj Parr of Evening Land Vineyards. In this interview, Raj speaks about growing up in India and coming to the United States pursuing an interest in culinary school. After discovering an interest and affinity for wine, he found himself in San Francisco, working at Rubicon with well-known sommelier Larry Stone.

That began Raj’s wine journey, with stops working on the wine lists of many restaurants, making wine for a number of brands, authoring a pair of books and a regenerative farming project. Raj talks about all these paths, and about what the future holds for him and for the Oregon wine industry.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Portland Wine Company in Portland on June 26, 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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