This interview is with David Patte of Sun Break Wine and Cider. In this interview, David describes his evolving interest in wine following his career in fish and wildlife preservation. Next, he recounts going on to work for several brands in the Willamette Valley, including, in the tasting room at Anderson Family Wines and in production at Lumos Wines. David goes on to speak about starting his wine label, Sun Break Wine, and describes his wines in depth. Later, he describes his decision to make cider, and all of the intricacies that go into his cider making process. Towards the end of his interview, David touches on the 2020 Pandemic, his predictions for the future, and the effects of climate change on the industry. To conclude, he gives his words of wisdom to follow your passion, start small, or go into winemaking with partners. David gives details of how he is combating climate change with his business, and explains what you can do to decrease your carbon footprint. Finally, he outlines his desire to create a more diverse wine industry here in Oregon.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at the Nicholson Library on August 25, 2020.