David Adelsheim Collection

Interview

David Adelsheim was interviewed as part of the project, “The Pinot Chronicles: 25 Years of Oregon’s International Pinot Noir Celebration.” This video was sponsored and conducted by the Linfield College Center for the Northwest.

This interview was conducted by Jeff Peterson in the summer of 2010.


David Adelsheim founded Adelsheim Vineyard with Ginny Adelsheim in 1971. He is now the president of the company after having filled various positions over the years. He earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Wine Board in 2012.  In this interview, David Adelsheim shares what drew him to wine growing and some of his early connections in the industry. He talks about some of his mistakes and what he has learned after years in the industry.

This interview was conducted by Jeff Peterson on July 7, 2010.


This interview is with David Adelsheim, founder of Adelsheim Vineyard in Newberg, Oregon in 1970. Adelsheim Vineyard was one of the Willamette Valley’s first vineyards. Adelsheim discusses the early years of the wine industry, the evolution of wine culture, and many of his other experiences in the industry.

This interview was conducted by Janis Miglavs on November 1, 2007


David Adelsheim founded Adelsheim Vineyard with Ginny Adelsheim in 1971. He is now the president of the company after having filled various positions over the years. He earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Wine Board in 2012.

In this interview, David Adelsheim discusses some of the innovations of the Oregon wine industry, such as Scott Henry trellising. He also addresses the idealism of the Oregon industry as well as some of the major events that were established to help share Oregon wine with the world.

This interview was conducted in 2004.


Maps

In 1973 Oregon passed two ground-breaking pieces of legislation, Senate Bills 100 and 101. These bills established the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development and required the creation of statewide planning goals and the protection of designated farmland. Pioneer vintners David Adelsheim and David Lett, along with others in the wine-growing community, seized on the opportunity to designate and protect future vineyard sites by lobbying county planning committees to restrict residential growth in the areas the men believed would be profitable. These maps served as a visual aid for Adelsheim and Lett during those meetings and are a reminder of how much work these men put in to ensure the future of their industry. Note that the areas they determined to be good vineyard sites are highlighted in pink. Adelsheim, Lett, and others made the case that it was not only the low-level lands of the Willamette Valley that should be considered for agricultural purposes.

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