David Adelsheim founded Adelsheim Vineyard with Ginny Adelsheim in 1971. David stepped back from his role as CEO of the company in April, 2017 and he and Ginny sold their ownership in the company to their 26-year partners, Lynn and Jack Loacker, in June of the same year.
David is now a Director on the Board of Adelsheim Vineyard and continues to lead the winery’s export sales and public policy programs, as well as representing the winery and Oregon’s industry in the search for ever-higher quality, standards of production, and recognition by fine wine drinkers around the world.
In the 46 years, when he led the company, he had been the vineyard manager, winemaker, and the person in charge of sales, marketing, accounting and fixing broken plumbing. His early winemaking experiences included work at the experimental winery of the Lycée Viticole in Beaune, France, and at 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, Oregon Pinot Camp, and Willamette, the Pinot noir trade auction. 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.)
David will be a special guest of The World of Pinot Noir's 20th Anniversary Founders Dinner on Friday, March 6, 2020.