This interview is with Eric Lemelson of Lemelson Vineyards. In this interview, Eric answers the question “why wine,” and talks about his journey towards starting his vineyard. Along the way, Eric speaks about what made him decide to come to Oregon, what is special about his wine, and the process of building his winery. He goes on to talk about his farming practices, his business and wine philosophies, and the various projects he’s working on. Towards the end of the interview, Eric reflects on his initial impressions of the wine industry, where he sees it heading in the future, and what’s next for him.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Eric’s residence in Portland on July 22, 2020.