This interview is with Joe, Pat, Anna, and Adam Campbell, of Elk Cove Vineyards.  The Campbell family are one of Oregon’s earliest winemaking families. In 1973, Pat and Joe Campbell moved their young family from Parkdale, Oregon to Gaston, Oregon to establish Elk Cove Vineyards. What happens after is what Joe and Pat describe as a “year of discovery,” as they teach themselves how to farm and become winegrowers.

The first half of the interview focuses on Pat and Joe Campbell’s origins in the wine industry, the formation of the early wine industry organization, and stories of their struggles and successes in the early days of the Oregon wine industry. In the second half of the interview, Pat and Joe are joined by two of their children, Adam and Anna, who are now involved in the winemaking and marketing aspects of Elk Cove. Together the family discusses what makes great wine, how the industry has changed from one generation to the next, and they share their thoughts on where the Oregon wine industry may be headed in the future.

This interview was conducted by Rachael Woody and Camille Weber at Elk Cove Vineyards on December 2, 2015.


Adam Campbell was interviewed as part of the project, “The Pinot Chronicles: 25 Years of Oregon’s International Pinot Noir Celebration.” This video was sponsored and conducted by the Linfield College Center for the Northwest.

This interview was conducted by Jeff Peterson in the summer of 2010.


This interview is with Pat Campbell, founder of Elk Cove Vineyards, and Adam Campbell (Pat’s son), current winemaker at Elk Cove Vineyards. They discuss life in the wine industry, some of their most memorable experiences, growing up in the family business, and winegrowing techniques.

This interview was conducted by Janis Miglavs on December 10, 2007.

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