Oregon Wine: Grapes of Place
In the 1960s a new breed of pioneers began arriving in Oregon’s Willamette Valley determined to grow Vitis vinifera, the fine wine grapes of Europe. They were told it couldn’t be done and were amply warned that Western Oregon was too cold and wet for vinifera to flourish. But they came anyway with a dream of producing fine premium wines – in particular Pinot noir, made from the delicate red grape of Burgundy, France.
While filming Oregon Wine: Grapes of Place, Oregon Experience talked with many of the early wine pioneers, weaving together interviews with archival film and images to tell a story of perseverance, determination and passion.
Pinot Pioneer: Adelsheim in Oregon
Back in 1971, the wine scene in Oregon was pretty sleepy. But this is where David Adelsheim figured he could grow grapes for the elegant Pinots he dreamed of making. Today, Adelsheim is one of Oregon's top wineries. David explains why Oregon is perfect for Pinot.
American Wine Story: Interview with Harry Peterson-Nedry
Harry Peterson-Nedry is the founder, winemaker and co-manager at Chehalem Wines in Newberg, Oregon. His hobby turned into a career as a successful figure in the Oregon wine industry. In this interview, Peterson-Nedry begins by sharing how he got into the industry and his early experiences. He talks about the significance of the camaraderie and sustainability in the industry and more.
Stoller Family Estate Experience
Join hosts, Bill Stoller and winemaker, Melissa Burr for a tour of the vineyard and winery. Find out what makes Stoller one of Oregon's leading vineyards and wineries.
The Oregon Pinot Noir Story
From the early pioneers and innovators, to the second generation of winemakers, this film shows what makes Oregon's Willamette Valley one of the most ideal locations in the world for growing Pinot Noir, and the unique convergence of people, place, and climate that surround this 'finicky' grape.