Oregon Wine Research Institute Collection

Interview (Patty Skinkis)

This interview is with Patty Skinkis, Associate Professor of Viticulture, and Extension Specialist of at Oregon State University’s Oregon Wine Research Institute. In this interview, Patty discusses how she started out studying horticulture, but late developed a passion for viticulture. She also discusses how she ended up in Oregon, and her role in the Oregon Wine Research Institute. She goes on to discuss what specifically she does for the Extension program, as well as her involvement in the Oregon Wine Industry. Patty also speaks about the current research she is conducting, as well as her academic side of life which she very much enjoys. Towards the end, Patty talks about the challenges to her job, as well as how it is being one of the few women in this industry, and how grateful she feels to be a mentor for many women looking to be a part of the industry. She concludes with talking about future projects for the OWRI, and her hopes for the industry.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Oregon State University on March 1st, 2019.

Interview (Mark Chien)

This interview is with Mark Chien, program coordinator at the Oregon Wine Research Institute at Oregon State University. In this interview, Mark discusses how he got into the wine industry, getting an education at UC Davis and learning about viticulture: “it was always about the vineyard.” He then goes on to talk about how he ended up in Oregon, and his initial impressions of the industry, and his work with Oregon State. Mark also speaks about his role at the Oregon Wine Research Institute and its future, as well as the future of the Oregon Wine Industry.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at the Nicholson Library on January 17th, 2019.