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Collection Occupational Folklife Project

Winery Workers in Virginia

Kim Stryker, a folklorist from Falls Church, Virginia, received a 2017 Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center to document the occupational traditions and work-related narratives of winery workers throughout the state of Virginia. Stryker and her research team conducted in-depth audio and video interviews with workers involved in various aspects of Virginia’s rapidly expanding wine industry. Those interviewed include winery owners, fieldworkers, vintners, tasting room managers, agricultural scientists and others involved in a variety of tasks, specialties and sub-specialties related to Virginia's vineyards. Interviewees discuss changes in small-scale agriculture and recount the economic pressures that lead some multi-generational farmers to switch to value-added crops like wine grapes and adjust to agritourism.

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