This interview is with Julia Cresto of Little Hellion Wines. In this interview, Julia starts off by saying she wanted to find a job that would be her passion, and she found that in wine. She goes on to describe her time at Oregon State and the many places she’s travelled which gave her the experience she needed to land a permanent position at Ponzi Vineyards. She takes us to Italy, California, and even Australia in her stories.

She also talks about her mentors in the industry and how their styles and techniques differed. She goes over the process of making wine and what her favorite parts are.

Later, she talks about her own farm, generational home, and the timeline for release of her new label. While 2020’s fires ruined the harvest for many, Julia was able to pick her fruit and create Little Hellion Wine’s first product. She hopes her wine is something that is approachable, consumer based, and loved by friends and family.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Julia’s family farm in McMinnville on February 8th, 2021.