This interview is with Roberta Manell Montero of Bouchard Cooperages. In this interview, Roberta speaks about being immersed in the world of wine during a post-college trip to Germany, and following that dream to California, where her wine industry journey began.

From there, Roberta talks about beginning work with Bouchard, finding kindred spirits in Oregon via the Steamboat Conference, and eventually planting a vineyard in New Zealand. Along the way, she talks about finding community through wine and how she’s watched Oregon grow through her barrel sales role.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Seven Springs Vineyard in Salem on May 10, 2023.