Schmidt, Rich


58 minutes 35 seconds


July 29, 2019

Interview Summary

This interview is with Russ and Keely Hayworth of Hayworth Estate Wines. In this interview the couple describe how they found their passion for wine, met each other, and how they decided what to plant. They go on to speak about their initial experiences with the vintage and with their expansion in ’15, their newfound roles at Hayworth, and the progress that they have made to get where they are now. The two then talk about their involvement with their process in winemaking (a very hands-on approach), what they like to see in a Hayworth wine, and the community environment that they are a part of. Towards the end of the interview, Russ talks about Hayworth Field and his work in the grass breeding industry and both he and Keely describe their impressions of the South Willamette Valley– its changes/growth, friendships made, and the “in it together” spirit. To conclude, they speak about the future of Hayworth and the Oregon Wine Industry at large.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Hayworth Family Estate on July 29, 2019.


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