1 hour 52 minutes 54 seconds
October 16, 2020
This interview between David Adelsheim and Bill Fuller of the Tualatin Vineyards is the fifth in a 10-part interview series entitled Founders’ Stories: Conversations with the 10 Founding Winemaking Families of Oregon’s North Willamette Valley. Founders’ Stories was produced by Adelsheim Vineyard to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.
Bill Fuller had already worked in the lab at Italian Swiss Colony, gotten an MS in enology at U.C. Davis and had been the winemaker at Louis Martini Winery for 9 years when he helped evaluate vineyard sites for an investment banker in Oregon. They became partners in a 65-acre site northwest of Forest Grove in 1972, which they named Tualatin Vineyards. Bill moved his wife Virginia and family to Oregon that fall. The next year, he remodeled the house and converted the barn into a winery in time for their first vintage, using Washington grapes. We met up with Bill in the winery’s original barrel room on October 16, 2020.
Produced by Adelsheim Vineyard in partnership with Tucker Hamilton, Dane Sawyer, and Tristan Brillanceau-Lewis.
A 15 minute abridged version of this interview as well as the full-length podcast can found on the Adelsheim website: adelsheim.com/50years.