This interview is with Graham Markel of Buona Notte Wines. In this interview, Graham talks about how he got into wine because his family was in the food and wine industry. He originally wanted to be a travel writer— speaking of his education and experiences traveling and being immersed in different cultures. Graham then goes on to speak about his first impressions of the industry, his Old World way of making wine with a gentle, rustic influence, the various places that he worked at, and his current space in the Cascade Locks. Towards the end of the interview, he touches upon his winemaking style, his hopes to own a vineyard and expand his production, the meaning and significance of “Buona Notte,” his hopes for the future of his business, and what he sees for the future of the Oregon Wine Industry. To conclude, Graham offers advice to someone looking to enter the industry.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Buona Notte Wines on July 23, 2019.