This interview is with Melissa Burr, director of winemaking at Stoller Family Estate. In this interview, Melissa discusses why how she came into the wine industry as she saw the industry emerging and fell in love with it. She also talks about how her science background informed her role in the wine industry: “having that core science was certainly helpful.” She also talks about how the various jobs she worked and how she was able to balance her demands of a new job and being a new mother. Melissa then goes on to speak about the challenges faced, yet the stories and memories captured within each bottle of wine that is special to her. She also offers her wine making philosophy, as well as what sustainability means to her and her job. Melissa provides a unique perspective of women in the wine industry, and talks about how there has been a significant increase in the presence of women. Towards the end, she offers insight to the future of the Oregon Wine Industry, as well as Stoller.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Stoller Family Estate on January 24th, 2019.
This interview is with Bill Stoller, the owner of Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills AVA. Bill talks about starting a winery, the vineyard and what makes the site unique. He also discusses the future for Stoller Estate and the impact of having a liberal arts education.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Stoller Family Estate on July 10, 2017.
This interview is with Bill and Cathy Stoller, founders of Stoller Family Estate in Dayton, Oregon, established in 1993. They discuss sustainable farming practices, how they created their brand, and some of their ventures in the wine industry.