Cristom Vineyards is located in Salem, Oregon in the Eola-Amity Hills region. Founders Paul and Eileen Gerry hired Steve Doerner as Cristom’s first winemaker when the winery opened in 1992, and he continues in that role today. Cristom is known for its Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Viognier varieties.
This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rachael Cristine Woody and Linfield College student Camille Weber with Steve Doerner of Cristom Vineyards. The interview took place at Cristom Vineyards on February 5, 2015 and covered topics including Doerner’s winemaking philosophy, the overall sense of community for which the Oregon wine industry is known, and the impact early wine pioneers have had on the larger industry.