David Adelsheim

Founder & Director

David Adelsheim is Director of Adelsheim Vineyard, which he founded with Ginny Adelsheim in 1971.  In the course of his company’s 46-year history, he has been the vineyard manager, winemaker, and the person in charge of sales, marketing, accounting and fixing broken plumbing.  His early winemaking experience included work at the experimental winery of the Lycée Viticole in Beaune, France, and the Eyrie Vineyards in Oregon. 

On behalf of the Oregon wine industry, he has led work on clonal importation, wine labeling regulations, establishing statewide and regional industry organizations, and creation of industry events, such as the International Pinot Noir Celebration and Oregon Pinot Camp.  As one of the founders of the Oregon wine industry, he helped set standards of excellence for that industry. 

He was given the industry’s highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, in February, 2012 by the Oregon Wine Board (which he helped bring to life and on which he served for eight years, appointed by Oregon’s Governor.)

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