Schmidt, Rich

Sobel-Smith, Terran




52 minutes 24 seconds


April 14, 2015


This interview is with Stephen Cary, and covers topics including his involvement in the industry as a wine seller, buyer, and winemaker, in addition to his role in orchestrating the Steamboat Conference and the Burgundy Challenge.  Stephen Cary is the winemaker at Yamhill Valley Vineyards in McMinnville, Oregon. Cary knew early on that a normal 9-5 job was not the right path for him, and he has since been involved in the industry as a wine seller, buyer, and winemaker. Cary makes his wine with the philosophy that the grapes tell him how to deal with them. Cary thinks that Oregon’s terroir is a significant aspect that differentiates Oregon’s wines from other parts of the world.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt and Terran Sobel-Smith at Yamhill Valley Vineyards on April 14, 2015.


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