Amity Vineyards Collection


Myron Redford moved to Amity, Oregon after learning winemaking in the early 1970s from Lloyd Woodburne and Neal Peck while working for them at the Associated Vintners Winery in Bellevue, Washington. That initial job was fortuitous happenstance; because of a chance placement of diners at the University of Washington’s Faculty Club in 1970, Redford overheard Woodburne and Peck talking about their winery. He interrupted and asked to visit, which led to a part-time job, and for the next three years he learned winemaking from these two pioneers.

In 1974, Redford and his partner Janis Checchia purchased an existing vineyard in Amity, Oregon. The original owners of the property had planted Pinot noir and Riesling vines in 1971 and 1972, and Redford “fell in love with the view and the way the vineyard was situated” (Myron Redford, July 2010). The next two years were spent learning farming and preparing for their first vintage of wine. Redford built the winery himself in 1976, and while the winery was still under construction, he and Checchia produced Amity Vineyards’ first commercial wine.

Collection Description

Some items in this collection were initially digitized as part of the Oregon Wine History Project, a collaborative research venture from the Linfield Center for the Northwest. For additional historical background and collection inventory, please see the Guide to the Amity Vineyards Collection.


Interview (2010)

Myron Redford moved to Amity, Oregon after learning winemaking in the early 1970s from Lloyd Woodburne and Neal Peck while working for them at the Associated Vintners Winery in Bellevue, Washington
In 1974, Redford and his partner Janis Checchia purchased an existing vineyard in Amity, Oregon. The original owners of the property had planted Pinot noir and Riesling vines in 1971 and 1972, and Redford “fell in love with the view and the way the vineyard was situated” (Myron Redford, July 2010). Redford built the winery himself in 1976, and while the winery was still under construction, he and Checchia produced Amity Vineyards’ first commercial wine.
In this interview, Myron Redford tells about his time in the industry, going into the details of the beginning, the ups and downs and what terroir means to him. Key industry events are discussed including IPNC and Steamboat Conference.


Interview (2016)

Interview Photos

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Historical Photos

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Wine Labels

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Documents

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