This interview is with Jesús Guillén, head winemaker of White Rose Estate. In this interview, Jesús discusses his journey from having a background in computer science, to finding a passion and appreciation for wine. He also tells the story of how he came to Oregon from Mexico, and the limitations/adversity faced with being an immigrant winemaker. Jesús later discusses his philosophy for creating wine: to evoke memories, and the ways in which he feels diversity can be improved by changing the language and narrative of wine to include minorities to gain better visibility for them.
This interview was conducted by Stephanie Hofmann at the Nicholson Library on June 25, 2018.
Jesús Guillén is the vineyard manager at White Rose Estate. He also now makes wine under his personal label, Guillén Family Wines. Jesús was interviewed as part of the “Beyond the Vines” project with the Linfield College Center for the Northwest.
Jesús Guillén – a great friend of Linfield College and the Oregon Wine History Archive – passed away in November, 2018, after a brief battle with cancer. Collected here are some of the tributes written after his death.