Richard Sommer


Miglavs, Janis




1 hour 2 minutes 15 seconds

Publication Date

September 29, 2007

Interview Summary

This interview is with Richard Sommer, widely acknowledged as the father of the Oregon wine industry who planted the first commercially-produced Pinot Noir. Sommer discusses what drew him to wine, what it was like to be a pioneer, coming to Oregon, and grape varietals.

This interview was conducted by Janis Miglavs on September 29, 2007.


Some oral history interviews are conducted on site and may contain background noise from nature, winery, or tasting room operations. These interviews were digitally migrated from Sony MiniDiscs and are audio only.

This project is supported in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust.