This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rachael Cristine Woody with Dr. Greg Jones of Southern Oregon University. The interview took place at the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College on September 11, 2013 and covered topics including Southern Oregon’s unique climatology, the diversity of varietals that could thrive in the region, and a look at how early Oregon pioneers may have kept vine cuttings viable.
Further discussion addresses how using past knowledge can make it easier for current winemakers, thereby implying that Oregon may not have to wait centuries to catch up to the established knowledge of older grape-growing regions. Jones speculates that knowledge from data collectors and forecasters (such as Peter Britt) about Oregon’s past and current experimentation by winemakers and institutions in the area will lead to an accelerated evolution of Oregon’s wine.