As the team at Adelsheim Vineyard celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021, they have generously partnered with us to share Founders’ Stories: Conversations with the 10 Founding Wine Families of Oregon’s North Willamette Valley.

Discovering and sharing Oregon wine stories is our passion, and we are incredibly grateful to be able to help showcase this amazing time in Oregon’s wine history through interviews with the people who helped build the industry.

For more information on the project, visit adelsheim.com/50years.


Project Description from Adelsheim

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of what became Adelsheim’s first vineyard, we wanted to tell our story. But we quickly realized that the only way to truly tell our story was to tell the stories of that entire first generation. In each interview, David Adelsheim wanted to go beyond their widely known histories to discover, who these people really were. And what led them to build our uniquely collaborative and, at least from today’s perspective, incredibly successful wine industry. This is our shared story.


Chapter 1: The Eyrie Vineyards, with Diana Lett

We met with Diana Lett of the Eyrie Vineyards on October 5, 2020 in the yard behind her home, looking at their second oldest vineyard planting. Soon after their wedding in October 1966, Diana and David Lett started transplanting 3,000 young vines from a nursery David planted near Corvallis in February 1965. Using what Diana calls her ‘wedding shovel.’ But I’m jumping ahead. Let’s get the story from Diana.

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