Interview

This interview is with Michael Etzel of Beaux Fréres Winery. In this interview, Michael discusses how he got the “wine bug,” first selling wine, then transitioning to owning a winery and making wine. Michael then goes on to discuss how his farming lifestyle has informed his job in the wine industry, as well as how they acquired the Beaux Fréres property while on vacation in Oregon. Although he had no initial experience making wine or growing grapes, Michael’s passion to succeed led him to having great success with his wines. Further into the interview, Michael talks about his wine making philosophy and how it has evolved into what it is today. Towards the end of the interview, Michael speaks about sustainable farming, his perspective, future plans for Beaux Fréres, his own personal goals, as well as the future of the Oregon Wine Industry.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Beaux Fréres Winery on April 12, 2019.


Interview

This interview is with Michael Etzel Jr. of Beaux Fréres. In this interview, Michael talks about why he chose wine, what it was like growing up on the estate, and what made him decide to go into the wine industry. He speaks of the places he’s traveled to and the many jobs he worked before ending up back home in 2015. Michael then goes on to describe how the sale of the company affected him, the evolution of the estate, and his winemaking philosophy. Towards the end of the interview, he speaks about the label “Coattails” that he started with his brothers, what it’s like working with family, and balancing expectations with partnerships and consumer desires. To conclude, Michael offers his perspective of what the Oregon Wine Industry looks like today, how Beaux Fréres fits into the Oregon wine story, and offers his take on what the future looks like.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Beaux Fréres on August 30, 2019.