This interview is with Dan and Christine Jepsen, owners of Alpine Vineyards in Monroe, Oregon. The couple discusses how they bought the ranch land in 1975 and have since grown a variety of grapes. The Jepsens take pride in their tradition of solely estate bottled wines. In this interview, the Jepsens talk about how they got into the Oregon wine industry, how things have changed since the beginning, and their thoughts on the future of the industry. They highlight the importance of “sweat equity” and teamwork needed for a successful life in the vineyard. They share why they chose their southern location in the Willamette Valley and how their choice has affected them over the years.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Alpine Vineyards on November 5, 2015.