NEWBERG, Ore. (February 18, 2021) – Adelsheim Vineyard is celebrating its 50th anniversary in tribute to its heritage and future in the Chehalem Mountains and its position as the founding vineyard of Oregon’s North Willamette Valley. The iconic winery will pay tribute to the great dreams and pioneering spirit of its own history and that of its colleagues by presenting Founder Stories, a ten-part interview series led by David Adelsheim, and launching several memorable wines, including a selection from Elizabeth’s Reserve Library, labels by famous artists and a brand new release titled The Deed.
In 1971, Ginny and I took our savings and bought a property on the south side of the Willamette Valley in northern Oregon. It was our first vineyard on the property, says David Adelsheim, founder and first winemaker of the Adelsheim Vineyard. Little did we know that we would become one of ten families producing wine from grapes planted on our property before 1980. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, it is important to share the personal stories of our co-founders and how our continued collaboration has shaped the success of the wine industry in Oregon’s North Willamette Valley.
Stories Foundation : Conversations with 10 winemaking families in the northern Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Although Adelsheim wanted to celebrate its 50th anniversary, it quickly became clear that the only way to truly tell its story was through the story of the entire first generation of vineyards in the northern Willamette Valley. David Adelheim personally interviewed his nine co-founding winemaking families, as well as his ex-wife and co-founder Jeannie Adelheim :
- Diane Lett, Eyrie Vineyards.
- Charlie Currie, Charles Currie Winery.
- Susan Sokol Blosser and Bill Blosser, Sokol Blosser Winery
- Dick Erath, Erath Vineyards…
- Bill Fuller, Tualatin Vineyards…
- Nancy and Dick Ponzi, Ponzi Vineyards…
- Myron Redford, Amity Vines.
- Marjorie and Ron Woolstecke, Oak Knoll Winery.
- Pat and Joe Campbell, Elk Cove Vineyards…
- Jeannie Adelsheim, Adelsheim Vineyard.
Their conversations went beyond the commonly known history to discover the people behind the wine and what led them to create the region’s unique, collaborative and incredibly successful wine industry.
A trailer for the series is currently available at adelsheim.com/50years, and new episodes of David Adelsheim’s interviews with the founders will air in the first half of each month beginning in March. Interviews are available on the following channels:
Wines and commemorative products
To mark its 50th anniversary, Adelsheim is launching numerous anniversary wines and products throughout the year, including special magnums with collector’s labels. The first of these offerings includes three Elizabethan reserve years. Historically, the Elizabeth Reserve is one of the cellar’s most emblematic wines, having first been released in 1986. Familiar and nostalgic to many, this wine – affectionately called Lizzie – embodies the terroir of the Willamette Valley. David Adelsheim and current winemaker Gina Hennen selected three vintages from the winery’s Drink It Now library collection: 2009 ($100 per bottle), 2010 ($90 per bottle) and 2012 ($125 per bottle). For the latest commemorative wines and 50’s, visit www.adelsheim.com/50years.
It has been a great pleasure to work for and with David over the past few years and help this incredible company grow and evolve, Hennen said. What has remained constant over Adelsheim’s five decades is our dedication to making expressive, authentic world-class wines that honor our home in the Chehalem Mountains. With this vision as our guide, we look forward to the next fifty years!
For more information about Adelsheim’s 50th anniversary, visit: adelsheim.com/50years.
About the Adelheim Basement
Adelsheim, based in Newberg, Oregon, was founded with an optimistic spirit and a big dream: Producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the undiscovered wine region, the Chehalem Mountains in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Since 1971, we have been obsessed with finding exceptional wines that celebrate the unique richness of our vineyards. As the founding vineyard of the Willamette Valley and the first vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains, Adelsheim has played an important role in nearly every aspect of Oregon’s wine history. As leaders, we believe it is our duty to be unwavering protectors of this rich country and to unite our community in support of equality and education. Adelsheim is a LIVE-certified sustainable winery and has been included in the Top 100 wineries and spirits list seven times. For more information about Adelsheim’s 50th anniversary, visit adelsheim.com/50years.
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