Interview

This interview is with Drew Herman of Alexana Winery. In this interview, Drew speaks about his wine journey and his current position of director of viticulture for the Revana portfolio.

Drew dives into his childhood and talks about moving and the making of his first wine. He leaves nothing out and shares all the twists and turns that led him to his current path. From sharing his feelings about bottling to dishing all things viticulture and sheep, Drew talks about it all.

Later in the interview, Drew shares his hopes for the Oregon wine industry and how he thinks the industry will innovate. He also talks about his personal aspirations for both his career and family.


Interview

This interview is with Jeff Lewis of Alexana Winery. In this interview, Jeff speaks about growing up in Kansas and his interest in cooking and industrial design. This led him into the restaurant scene where he was able to design his own restaurant at a young age, and also allowed him to begin to explore the world, including Argentina.

Eventually he found his way to Portland and his experience in Argentina helped him land a role at Alexana, as the company was starting a winery in Mendoza. He takes us through this journey, and his evolving role at Alexana, as well as talking about the changes and growth in the Oregon wine industry since his arrival.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Alexana Winery on December 14, 2022.


Interview

This interview is with Mark Bosko of Alexana Estate Vineyard and Winery. In this interview, Mark speaks about his path in the Oregon Wine Industry and why he went into the business side of wine. He talks about his first jobs in the industry and what skills he picked up through his education and training. Later, he goes over his role as general manager at Alexana and what a typical day looks like at his job. He discusses how he learned to buy wine and what his philosophy is concerning his work. He also talks about how he converses with clients, what sales and distribution is like, and what he sees happening in the future.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Alexana Winery in Dundee on May 6, 2021.


Interview

This interview is with John Gabelhausen of Alexana Winery. In this interview, John answers how he got into wine, what he was doing before wine, his various travels, and how his time at the Virgin Islands informed his job now. John also talks about how he got to work at Alexana and what his role includes, challenges that are unique to his position, and what he sees Oregon looking like in the future.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Alexana on August 3, 2020.


Interview

This interview is with Bryan Weil of Alexana. In this interview, Bryan talks about how he got into wine, his various experiences that led him to where he is today, what it was like coming to Oregon, and the education he received. He goes on to talk about how he found Alexana, how he found his role there, and how winemaking philosophy. Towards the end of the interview, he touches on changes he’s seen in the industry since he first entered, how he is adapting to COVID-19, where he sees Oregon wine heading, and the future for himself.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Alexana on July 2, 2020.