Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 2 minutes 20 seconds


July 31, 2019

Interview Summary

This interview is with Scott Burns. In this interview, Scott begins by talking about how he got into geology and soil. He then speaks about his various travels teaching around the world, and how he ended up back in Oregon teaching at Portland State University. Scott discusses the reaction from the wine industry about what he was doing with terroir, the different characteristics that define terroir, and what is so special about the Willamette Valley Soil. Scott is excited that people are not caring about soil (as it can be now seen on the back of many labels), and talks about the many projects that he has surrounded himself with. Towards the end of the interview, Scott touches on the future of the Oregon Wine Industry and its climate, the future of soil/terroir education, and the many things about his career that he is proud of.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Oswego Hills Vineyard and Winery on July 31, 2019.


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