Adelsheim Vineyard, a leading Oregon wine producer, is known as an innovator in sustainable, cool climate viticulture.
Their estate acreage has grown from its original 15 acres to 160 acres. A new, cutting-edge winemaking facility provides all the quality controls demanded by their 'hands-off' winemaking, utilizing a two-level, gravity-feed fermentation room for gentle grape handling, and underground barrel caves for slow, cool aging of their Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
After 30 years and many successful vintages, the dreams of one of Oregon's wine pioneers have been realized. More importantly, Adelsheim Vineyard has people with the vision, skills and energy to carry them upward in their quest to produce ever more complex Pinot noirs and elegant white wines.
More About Adelsheim Vineyards
1971, Adelsheim Vineyard was founded
On a beautiful June day in 1971, David Adelsheim and Ginny Adelsheim stood above an open field and were taken with the beauty of its orange and purple wildflowers.
Five hundred feet below, Oregon's north Willamette Valley stretched out in a patchwork of orchards, pasture and native trees. The field, rich with clay-loam soil, had a gentle southern exposure and was sheltered by the Chehalem Mountains. The Adelsheims had dreamed of planting a vineyard in the area since returning from a summer in Europe, where they were inspired by the hand-made foods and wines they encountered.
1972, planting began
In 1972, the Adelsheims began planting their original 15-acre vineyard at Quarter Mile Lane with Pinot noir, Chardonnnay, Pinot gris, and Riesling.
Relying on family and friends for assistance, they battled weeds, mildew, birds and deer -- and the widely perceived futility of growing wine grapes in northern Oregon's cooler climate.
1978, first commercial
Working in a cramped basement winery with a simple crusher and press, and 20 Burgundy barrels, David Adelsheim made the first 1,300 cases of wine for commercial release in 1978: tiny quantities of Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Riesling from the estate vineyard were produced, along with Semillon and Merlot from purchased grapes. As the Quarter Mile Lane vineyard matured to full yield and grapes were purchased from other growers, annual production doubled every two years.
1982, a new winery
As Adelsheim Vineyard continued to grow, the need
for a new production facility became critical. A 6000 square-foot winery
adjacent to the Adelsheim's home was built in 1982. Barrels, tanks, a
bottling line and still more barrels were added until the new winery
was also filled to capacity.
1989, first vineyard expansion
The winery's first vineyard expansion was in 1989, when they leased a 19-acre site across the road from the original estate vineyard at Quarter Mile Lane. Today, Bryan Creek Vineyard is an important source of Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Pinot blanc.
They also purchased a 52-acre site at a lower elevation in the Chehalem Valley. Planted with Pinot gris and Burgundian clones of Pinot noir and Chardonnnay, the Calkins Lane Vineyard is also home to the new Adelsheim Vineyard winery.
1994, co-owners join Adelsheim Vineyard
Co-owners Jack and Lynn Loacker joined Adelsheim Vineyard in 1994, and began planting Ribbon Springs Vineyard in 1995. This exceptional 120-acre site on the Ribbon Ridge spur of the Chehalem Mountains has provided Pinot noir and Pinot gris grapes since 1998.
2011, the vision continues ...
Today, Oregon has been recognized as one of the New World's leading wine producing regions. At Adelsheim Vineyard, they continue the experimentation and systematic study that have established their reputation as a leader and innovator in cool climate viticulture. With a dedicated staff, exceptional vineyards and a cutting-edge winery, they continue the quest to produce world-class Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Chardonnay and Pinot blanc.
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