This interview is with Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash, of Penner-Ash Wine Cellars. In this interview, Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash discuss their experience in the Oregon wine industry. Lynn talks about her journey from being in the California wine industry, to becoming the first woman winemaker of note in Oregon, to finally owning her own winery with Ron. Ron talks about joining the industry bit by bit through Lynn until they started Penner-Ash in 1998.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt and Rachael Woody at the Nicholson Library at Linfield College on March 4, 2016.
Lynn Penner-Ash is the founding winemaker at Penner-Ash Wine Cellars. She has been involved in a number of organizations within the Oregon Wine Industry and is seen as one of the “trail blazing” women in the industry. She was interviewed as part of the “Women in Wine” project with the Linfield College Center for the Northwest.
This interview is with Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash, co-founders of Penner-Ash Wine Cellars in Newberg, Oregon, established in 1998. Lynn discusses her start in the industry, what it takes to be a good winemaker, and her role in the industry as one of the first female winemakers. Ron describes his experience in the wine industry, as well as his vineyard philosophy.
This interview was conducted by Janis Miglavs on December 11, 2007.
This project is supported in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust: http://www.culturaltrust.org/.
Lynn Penner-Ash earned a degree in Enology, began working in California, and moved to Oregon in 1988, where she became one of the first female winemakers in Oregon. In 1998, she and her husband started Penner-Ash Wine Cellars where they have gone from producing 125 cases in 1998 to 15,000 cases in 2015.
In this interview, Lynn Penner-Ash shares what drew her to Oregon and some of the issues going on in the industry when she arrived as a second generation winemaker. Penner-Ash speaks to some of the differences between Oregon and California, such as the stricter labeling laws and higher taxes. She also discusses the marketing challenges and changes that she has seen in the industry over the years.