This interview is with Vivian Weber of Weber Vineyards. In this interview, Vivian speaks about how she got into the Oregon Wine Industry after her husband insisted on coming to Oregon from Boston. She states that “none of us knew what we were doing,” but managed to plant and sell their grapes under the guidance of Dick Erath. Vivian then goes on to speak about how the industry is so collaborative where “everybody helped everybody else,” and it was the same passion that allowed for this collaborative industry to form. Towards the end of the interview, she speaks about the changes she has witnessed of the Oregon Wine Industry, her proudest accomplishment that she was a part of a vision that the pioneers had for the area, as well as her hopes for its future.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at the Nicholson Library at Linfield College on June 10, 2019.
This collection contains a variety of documents related to Weber Vineyards, including harvest records, information on spray programs, financial records, soil analysis, disease and disaster records, and information related to the Oregon Wine Advisory Board. Harvest records include documents detailing the amount of grapes harvested, weather patterns, schedules for harvesting, varieties of grapes harvested, and comparisons to other local vineyards. Documents on spray programs describe the types and amount of pesticides used, the cost of such pesticides, information on how to use spray programs, and schedules for spray programs. Financial records document the cost of equipment, payments to employees, and sales. Soil analysis records document testing done by Oregon State University, nutrient deficiencies, and propositions for nutrient supplements. Disease and disaster records include information on the phylloxera infestation which affected Weber Vineyards, disaster relief forms and replies, and prevention and treatment research and documentation. Finally, the collection includes information related to the Oregon Wine Advisory Board, including newsletters, regional data, and notices.