McMINNVILLE, Ore. ― In 2011, Linfield College established the Oregon Wine History Archive, which chronicles the Oregon wine industry and includes historical documents from early wine pioneers. The college is now expanding the scope of its archival collection and would like to invite additional Oregon wine growers from across the state to donate historical materials for preservation.
The eventual goal is to document all aspects and regions of the Oregon industry and to collect and preserve historical materials from winery owners, growers, researchers, marketers and sellers.
Linfield College is not only interested in photographs, diaries, scrapbooks and audio or video files, but also in planting notes, crop reports, epidemic documentation, tasters’ notes, wine recipes, notebooks, correspondence, maps, committee minutes, newsletters, business records, wine labels, newspaper articles and advertising materials from early days to the present.
It is not necessary to organize documents prior to donation. The Linfield College archivist will organize donor materials, care for them, and make them accessible to researchers and the general public.
Wine growers and organizations currently represented in the Oregon Wine History Archive include Dick Erath of Erath Winery, Dick and Nancy Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyards, Myron Redford of Amity Vineyards, Ronni Lacroute of WillaKenzie Estate, Susan and Bill Sokol Blosser of Sokol Blosser Winery, and the International Pinot Noir Celebration, Oregon Wine Board and Oregon Pinot Camp. Diana Lett of Eyrie Vineyards and David Adelsheim of Adelsheim Vineyard have agreed to donate materials. Recent donations also include vineyard manager records from Allen Holstein.
The Oregon Wine History Archive at Linfield College is supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust, a Linfield endowment and a full-time archivist. Documents and oral histories from the collection informed an Oregon Experience documentary produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting, “Grapes of Place,” and a comprehensive feature in The Oregonian. The collection has received mention or feature stories in other news outlets as well, including The Huffington Post, Portland Monthly, Portland Tribune and News-Register, among others. Additional wine industry research and oral history projects, along with a student-produced International Pinot Noir Celebration documentary, have been supported by the Erath Family Foundation.
Linfield College has hosted the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration since its inception in 1987. Located in McMinnville, Ore., the school is located near the birthplace of the earliest vineyards in the Willamette Valley.