Andy Phillips – Bio and Wine History

Andy Phillips grew up in Ashland. At the time, the primary industries were logging and farming, with a focus on pears, not wine. The college (SOU) was also an important part of the community. OSF had a small, almost cult following, and in the early 70s it expanded its season, which had a significant impact on the town.

Andy’s first experience in the world of wine was during his time at the Hungry Woodsman restaurant in Medford. He started as a waiter in 1980 and still remembers the first Southern Oregon wine that caught his attention – a 1978 Hillcrest Riesling from the Umpqua Valley. The vines were already 17 years old and it made quite an impression.

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