This interview is with DeAnna Ornelas. She is the brand ambassador for Winderlea Vineyard and Winery, as well as the president of AHIVOY. Along with speaking about each of her positions in the wine industry, she also discussed her education in wine, what brought her to Oregon, and why she fell in love with the wine industry in the first place.

DeAnna spoke about the disparities of the Oregon wine industry, and how she has spearheaded DEI training for wineries in the Willamette Valley. She later shared what attracted her to the AHIVOY organization, and the success they have had with the first class of students. Later, she shared what she hopes the future holds for Oregon wine, and concluded with what the responsibility wine and the industry has is in society.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt on March 31, 2021.


This interview is with Bill Sweat and Donna Morris, owners of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery. In this interview, the couple discusses how wine was a big part of their story, especially the food aspect as wine is a strong part of that experience as well. They describe how they ended up living in Oregon and owning a winery as “serendipity” as they put themselves in the hands of the people they were learning from and continued to grow. They talk about the Oregon wine industry and how collaborative and gracious people were in helping them out.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt on July 18th, 2018 at Winderlea Vineryard and Winery.

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