This interview is with Anne Sery of Westmount and NW Wine Company. In this interview, Anne speaks about growing up in France where wine was a standard and necessary part of the culture she was a part of. She explains that the way she grew up made her future role as a winemaker almost inevitable. She describes what it was like working her first job on a vineyard and how she eventually became a winemaker. She describes the nature of her work and her style of winemaking. She also goes over what it was like to move to Oregon, what she struggled and triumphed with in the new environment, and what her first impressions of Oregon Wine were. She compares the Oregon and French viticulture and wine cultures, noting the key role that the Oregon Wine community plays in fostering the industry.
Later, Anne talks about the how COVID-19 and the Oregon wildfires affected her work and how her team adapted to the new challenges. She shares some of her predictions for the future of Oregon Wine, which includes the possibility of more people coming from outside Oregon to join the industry. She ends by sharing her take on what wine’s role in society is.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at the Hyland tasting room in Dundee on April 15, 2021.
This interview is with Brian Irvine, winemaker at NW Wine Company. During his interview he shared what brought him to Oregon, and a bit about his first years working harvest around the Willamette Valley. Brian discussed how he ended up at NW Wine Company, his interest in Hyland Vineyard, and his connection to the team.
Later he shared the differences among some of the wineries at which he has worked. He also shared what he is proudest of, and how much enjoys teaching and building relationships with harvest interns. Brian concluded the interview with the changes he has seen in Oregon since he started working in the industry, and some words of wisdom
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt on April 8, 2021 at Hyland Estates.
This interview is with Laurent Montalieu, owner of NW Wine Company, Selena Estates and Westmount wines. He talks about how he came to the United State to make wine, starting each of his wineries and what makes them all special. Laurent also discusses the difficulties of selling wine once it’s made and the future of the Oregon wine industry.
This interview was conducted by Stephanie Hofmann at NW Wine Company on September 5, 2017.