Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 28 minutes 13 seconds


June 5, 2023


This interview is with Ron Benza of Benza Vineyards. In this interview, Ron speaks about his time in New York, France, and now the Willamette Valley.

Ron speaks on his many careers from advertising in France to teaching executive leadership, all while trying to find where his passion for wine fit. An opportunity finally arose to come to Oregon where Ron found the perfect spot to start Benza Vineyards.

Ron talks about how his passion has influenced his labels, wines, and tasting experiences. He reflects on the challenges of starting a vineyard and shares his aspirations for Benza in the future.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Benza Vineyards in Hillsboro on June 5, 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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