Erath Winery Collection


After producing his first barrel of wine in his garage in California, Dick Erath moved to Dundee, Oregon with his family in 1968. In 1969, on just four acres of land, he planted 23 varieties of grapes. Pinot noir was the most successful variety among them. In continuing his trailblazing work with wine in the Dundee Hills, Erath produced 216 cases of commercial wine, the first of the area, in 1972. Over the years, Dick Erath designed and constructed the Erath Winery, received the Best American Pinot Noir award, and slowly expanded both nationally and, in 1994, internationally. In 2003, the Erath Winery transitioned from Erath as the principal winemaker to Gary Horner as the principal winemaker, and in 2006 Ste. Michelle Wine Estates bought the Erath Winery. Since this transition, Erath Winery has continued to rank among the most successful wineries in the industry and has continued to represent the strength of Oregon wines in the international wine world.

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 Erath Winery Collection 1963-2011.


Interview

After producing his first barrel of wine in his garage in California, Dick Erath moved to Dundee, Oregon with his family in 1968. In 1969, he planted 4 acres of grapes, finding Pinot Noir to be the most successful. Over the years, Dick Erath designed and constructed the Erath Winery, received the Best American Pinot Noir award, and slowly expanded both nationally and internationally. In 2003, the Erath Winery transitioned from Erath as the principal winemaker to Gary Horner as the principal winemaker, and in 2006 Ste. Michelle Wine Estates bought the Erath Winery. Since this transition, Erath Winery has continued to rank among the most successful wineries in the industry and has continued to represent the strength of Oregon wines in the international wine world.
In this interview, Dick Erath discusses how his career in electronics turned into pioneering the Oregon Wine Industry. He shares some of the struggles he and others faced in establishing themselves in the early days such as water misconceptions and activism in legislature.


Photos

Founders   WineGroupShot   Devito_1050   weber316   IPNC_Speakers_Panels0045   

IPNC_Speakers_Panels0043   IPNC_Wynja_2000___22_   Doc_Wilson_Photos0101   Doc_Wilson_Photos006   Doc_Wilson_Photos072   Doc_Wilson_Photos025

Doc_Wilson_Photos068   FormalPic8   Salud019   FormalPic6   FormalPic4   FormalPic10

FormalPic2   ponzi043   ponzi040   FormalPic7   FormalPic5   FormalPic9

erath099 (1)   erath107   erath103   erath065   erath102

erath100   erath101   erath108   erath106   erath105

erath104   erath098   erath092   erath088   erath089   erath091   erath058

erath097   erath094   erath080   erath096   erath056   erath061


Wine Labels

erath001   erath005   erath013   erath016   erath018   erath019

erath020   erath021   erath023   erath024   erath025

erath026   erath027   erath028   erath029   erath030

erath031   erath040   erath041   erath043   erath002   erath003

erath022   erath032   erath033   erath034   erath036   erath037

erath038   erath042   erath045   erath046   erath047   erath048

erath049   erath050   erath051   erath052   erath053   

erath054   erath004   erath006   erath007   erath008

erath009   erath010   erath011   erath012   erath014   erath015

erath017   erath035   erath039   erath044   erath055   erath057

ErathLabel1   ErathLabel2


Documents

Erath Notebook

1stErathBC   Back Page and Cover   Pages 2-3   pages 4-5   pages 5-6   erathburgundyvspinotnoir1986_side1_

Interior Bottom   Back Cover   Interior Top   Front Cover   erathletterfromcongress1980   erathletterfromholstein

erathpetitionforestablishmentofawinecommissionoforegon1980_pg1   erathpetitionforestabllishmentofawinecommissionoforegon1980_pg2   erathwinerydistributorslist   erathwineryhistoryanddescription   erathwinerykeymarketaccounts   WineLicenseApproval