This interview is with Susan Teppola of Laurel Ridge Winery. In this interview, Susan describes how she got into wine through her husband’s passion for wine, the process of getting the winery, and what it was like when they first started. After her husband’s passing, she then goes on to talk about figuring out her roles/responsibilities of carrying on with the winery, what it’s like working with family, and what it’s like being a resource to other people in the industry. Towards the end of the interview, Susan speaks about watching the area grow up and the changes she’s seen, what she sees for the future of the Oregon Wine Industry, and for Laurel Ridge. To conclude, she offers words of wisdom for someone looking to enter the industry.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Laurel Ridge Winery on August 20, 2019.