Oral History Interviews: David Adelsheim Collection


Bringing Vines to the Valley: David Adelsheim Interview



Peterson, Jeff

Document Type

Video File


49 minutes 35 seconds

Publication Date



Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


This interview is an oral history conducted by Dr. Jeff Peterson, director of the Linfield Center for the Northwest, with David Adelsheim, of Adelsheim Vineyard. The interview took place at Adelsheim Vineyard on July 7th, 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, 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 as part of the Oregon Wine History Project™, a collaborative research venture from the Linfield Center for the Northwest. Assisting in the production of this interview were videographers Barrett Dahl and Mark Pederson; exhibit and collections coordinators Barrett Dahl, Sara Juergensen, and Keni Sturgeon (faculty advisor); and project historical researchers Dulce Kersting and Lissa Wadewitz (faculty advisor).