Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 42 minutes 9 seconds


April 5, 2019

Interview Summary

This interview is with Stirling Fox, owner of Mad Violets Wine Co. In this interview, Stirling discusses how he got into wine, found his place in the Oregon Wine industry, as well as his education at OSU. He talks about the various places he worked, as well as the difficulties in dealing with harvests. Stirling then goes on to discusses his “stick with it” attitude that comes with his job of vineyard management; he isn’t afraid of challenge. Stirling manages 25-35 vineyards each year, working on different projects and always staying active. He also talks about how he came up with “Mad Violets,” named after his two daughters, and how he created his own company. Further into the interview, Stirling speaks about his vineyard management philosophy, his involvement with LIVE, and the future for the Oregon Wine Industry. To conclude, Stirling expresses his gratitude for the ability to be able to work with many different people in the industry— he truly loves what he does

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt in the Nicholson Library at Linfield College on April 5, 2019.


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