10 episodes

Conversations with David Adelsheim and the 10 founding wine families of Oregon’s North Willamette Valley. During each episode, David Adelsheim, Founder of Adelsheim Vineyard, will sit down with another early pioneer to recount the collaboration and formation of the Willamette Valley wine industry over the last 50 years. Join us as we pay homage to half a century of lofty dreams, pioneering spirits, and world-class wine!



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Founders' Stories: The Podcast Adelsheim Vineyard

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Conversations with David Adelsheim and the 10 founding wine families of Oregon’s North Willamette Valley. During each episode, David Adelsheim, Founder of Adelsheim Vineyard, will sit down with another early pioneer to recount the collaboration and formation of the Willamette Valley wine industry over the last 50 years. Join us as we pay homage to half a century of lofty dreams, pioneering spirits, and world-class wine!



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    Chapter 7: Myron Redford of Amity Vineyards

    Chapter 7: Myron Redford of Amity Vineyards

    Fresh out of college in the summer of 1966, Myron Redford and a couple of friends found themselves hitchhiking from Istanbul to London. They ended up in Bulgaria, looking for a hostel. Did I mention that Myron had an ulcer and had been told, no alcohol. But their guide was pouring shots of slivovitz and “no thanks” wasn’t going to work. The next morning, after a long night of slivovitz shots, Myron was fine. So much for the no alcohol policy. On October 7, 2020, we caught up with Myron at Amity Vineyards, overlooking the original vineyard he purchased from Jerry and Ann Preston in 1974.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Chapter 6: Dick & Nancy Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyards

    Chapter 6: Dick & Nancy Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyards

    In some ways, Nancy and Dick Ponzi’s entry into the business of wine in Oregon sounds very similar to ours. As Nancy wrote in her 2010 cookbook, it started in the nineteen-sixties. “If you weren’t alive then, it’s difficult to relate.” “Young people, such as Dick and me, were searching for roots and a path was presented by going back to the land, to basics and self-reliance.” I wanted to better understand how “back to the land” translated into starting one of Oregon’s foundational wineries. Nancy and Dick agreed to meet with us outside their original winery, next to the home they built, on October 14, 2020.

    • 2 hr 7 min
    Chapter 5: Bill Fuller

    Chapter 5: Bill Fuller

    Bill Fuller had already worked in the lab at Italian Swiss Colony, gotten an MS in enology at U.C. Davis and had been the winemaker at Louis Martini Winery for 9 years when he helped evaluate vineyard sites for an investment banker in Oregon. They became partners in a 65-acre site northwest of Forest Grove in 1972, which they named Tualatin Vineyards. Bill moved his wife Virginia and family to Oregon that fall. The next year, he remodeled the house and converted the barn into a winery in time for their first vintage, using Washington grapes. We met up with Bill in the winery’s original barrel room on October 16, 2020.
    Visit adelsheim.com/50years to join in our 50th celebration, and subscribe to our email list to be the first to know when new episodes are released. Full-length hour-long conversations of Founders’ Stories will be available to listen to on Stitcher, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google podcast. Or, you can watch full length interviews anytime through the Oregon Wine History Archive. (https://oregonwinehistoryarchive.org/...)

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Chapter 4: Ron and Marj Vuylsteke Part 2

    Chapter 4: Ron and Marj Vuylsteke Part 2

    The fourth winery in our series is Oak Knoll, started by Ron and Marj Vuylsteke. Ron was working at Tektronix and teaching others to be home winemakers in the late 1960s. Marj was selling wine at WineArt and bringing up their six kids. Their friends encouraged them to start making wine commercially. So, in 1970 they purchased an old 40’x120’ cow barn. They were making fruit into wine later that summer. By 1973, they had added wine grapes and became immersed in the growing wine industry. We talked with Ron and Marj at that original property on November 12, 2020.

    • 34 min
    Chapter 4: Ron and Marj Vuylsteke Part 1

    Chapter 4: Ron and Marj Vuylsteke Part 1

    The fourth winery in our series is Oak Knoll, started by Ron and Marj Vuylsteke. Ron was working at Tektronix and teaching others to be home winemakers in the late 1960s. Marj was selling wine at WineArt and bringing up their six kids. Their friends encouraged them to start making wine commercially. So, in 1970 they purchased an old 40’x120’ cow barn. They were making fruit into wine later that summer. By 1973, they had added wine grapes and became immersed in the growing wine industry. We talked with Ron and Marj at that original property on November 12, 2020.

    • 50 min
    Chapter 3: Dick Erath of Erath Vineyard

    Chapter 3: Dick Erath of Erath Vineyard

    The third winery in our series is Erath Vineyards. We met up with Dick Erath on October 9, 2020 at his original vineyard property. Today, it is known as Chehalem Mountain Vineyard and is owned by Geodesy Wine/Capra Vineyards. I first met Dick in April 1971, when we stopped our car in front of the rented logger’s cabin, where he and his family were living. We were hoping to see some wine grapes, which we’d heard had been planted in the area. And, as it turned out, Dick knew where some were planted. They just weren’t next to the cabin.Visit adelsheim.com/50years to join in our 50th celebration, and subscribe to our email list to be the first to know when new episodes are released. Full-length hour-long video conversations will be available to view through the Oregon Wine History Archive for generations to enjoy. Recorded by Tucker Hamilton, Dane Sawyer, and Tristan Brillanceau-LewisProduced by Adelsheim Vineyard in partnership with HouseBelow Productions.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

bigboldredlover ,

Great listen

Cool to hear the story straight from the man himself!

Stephaniemaldo ,

Fascinating

This is fascinating to learn about the people behind the Oregon wine industry! I can’t wait to hear more.

winegirlAP ,

Love the history!

What a great story! Can’t wait for the next episode

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