Here at Adelsheim, we’re fortunate to have a team of passionate, talented, and driven individuals.
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CEO & PRESIDENT
Joth is a seasoned beverage executive returning to his passion of wine. Before taking the helm at Adelsheim, Joth was the President at Stumptown Coffee Roasters. He has been a Managing Partner with First Beverage Group, the President and CEO for Jones Soda Co., and the General Manager for Columbia Distributing. He sits on the board of Ninkasi Brewing Company and Brew Dr. Kombucha. He is also an Advisor to Greater Portland Inc’s 2020 vision.
“At our core, we are about creating world-class wine from the Chehalem Mountains and Willamette Valley to share. Every vintage and vineyard is a story to be discovered, and we look forward to sharing our stories, experiences, and wines with you.”
Gina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Reed College and an AAS in Winemaking from Chemeketa. Before transitioning to a career in winemaking, she worked as a semiconductor engineer for seven years in both Oregon and Dublin, Ireland. Desiring a career that no longer involved cubicles, she returned to Oregon in early 2006 to establish roots in the wine industry.
“Wine grapes can express the location they’re grown in provided the place has something to say, and we believe our small corner of the Willamette Valley has a lot to say.”
founder & director
David Adelsheim is the 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 at The Eyrie Vineyards in Oregon.
“In the beginning, in the 1970s, we needed to focus on learning to make consistently decent wine. As the Willamette Valley was able to draw on more training and expertise in the 80s and 90s, producing world-class Pinots became the goal. Now, our conversations are all about the distinctions of place—what should a great Pinot from this particular vineyard taste like?”
Ginny Adelsheim co-founded Adelsheim Vineyard in 1971. She is the artist responsible for Adelsheim Vineyard’s acclaimed series of label drawings, and for the winery’s terra-cotta ornamentation.
Ginny is the artist behind all their wine labels, each featuring a different strong woman who is important to the Adelsheim family.
jack & lynn loacker
Jack and Lynn Loacker became co-owners with David and Ginny Adelsheim in 1994, and purchased full interest in the winery in 2017. Their long-time enthusiasm for wine and vision of producing wines of exceptional quality in Oregon led them to purchase two important Adelsheim estate vineyard sites: Ribbon Springs in the Ribbon Ridge AVA (125-acre site planted in 1995 with Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Auxerrois) and Boulder Bluff in the Chehalem Mountains AVA (15-acre site planted in 2003 with Pinot noir and Chardonnay).
“Over 20 years ago, we made a commitment to Adelsheim Vineyard and became partners with David and Ginny. We all agree that keeping the winery in the hands of local owners should be the future of Adelsheim Vineyard. It is an honor for us to ensure that David’s vision and legacy continue.”
Chief Operating Officer
Kim Bellingar started with Adelsheim in 2008 as Office Manager. Four years later she was named Director of Business Operations and today is the Chief Operating Officer overseeing the company’s administration, accounting, finance and human resources functions and development of its long-term strategic vision in conjunction with President Joth Ricci.
“Adelsheim has always led the Oregon wine industry through innovation and collaboration, and today is no different. We have an amazing team of people dedicated to bringing the best that Oregon has to offer to your table.”
vp of education
Sam Schmitt, MBA, CS, CWE, joined Adelsheim in June of 2016. Sam owned a wine bar in Scottsdale, AZ and is a Certified Wine Educator and Certified Sommelier. He is an active member of the Society of Wine Educators, teaching wine professionals and enthusiasts about wine regions, wine styles, and wine production topics.
“Many people find wine to be somewhat intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be; after all, it’s just a beverage. My goal is to not only make learning about and enjoying wine fun, but also to make exploring new wines a lifelong adventure.”
Executive Vice President of Sales
After 10 years away from the wine business where he sold a lot of coffee and a little bit of soda, Rich is back and ready to be the biggest champion of Adelsheim wine. He has spent his entire career in the beverage industry leading sales teams at Stumptown Coffee, Coffee Bean International, Jones Soda, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, and Gallo.
“Our goal at Adelsheim is to help enhance the wine drinking experience! It starts with a great team of people, engaged partnerships, and most importantly—truly great wine.”
Vineyard Manager & Grower Relations
Kelli Gregory joined the Adelsheim team as Grower Relations and Viticulture Technician in June of 2012 and was promoted to Vineyard Manager. Kelli manages operations and personnel, oversees data collection, sampling, field scouting, yield estimation, and experimental design. She also establishes and maintains direct communications between Adelsheim Vineyard, our outside growers, and fruit purchasers.
“Growing grapes is truly a labor of love, and every vintage here in the Willamette Valley brings a new and interesting perspective to just how amazing the world of winegrowing is. The combination of our incredibly skilled vineyard crew, some of the most amazing vineyard properties around and a truly unique growing region continues to provide a finished product that I feel honored to be a part of.”
Wine Club Manager
Katherine Eulensen joined Adelsheim Vineyard in March of 2013. An Oregon native, she returned to the state after finishing her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at the University of Washington but she hates writing bios. Currently, she manages Adelsheim’s Wine Club programs.
“Our club members are our most loyal supporters, and their participation in our community allows us to continue making the excellent wine that we all love. We look forward to celebrating with them at all of our Adelsheim events!”
tasting room Manager
Born in Astoria, Oregon, and raised as a true Northwest girl, Emily has a heart for the environment and the beautiful resources it provides. Emily has six years of tasting room and event experience and now is managing the Adelsheim tasting room. Running the tasting room is a great blend of organizational diplomacy and communicating our commitment to making exceptional wines to our tasting room guests.
“Our passion is in pairing great people with delicious wines, creating exceptional experiences you don’t want to miss!”
Facilities & Bottling Supervisor
Wine Educator & Tasting Room Lead
Wine Educator & Inventory Lead
Director of Sales, Western Region
Regional Sales Manager
Regional Sales Manager
Regional Sales Manager
Office Manager & Executive Assistant
Digital Marketing Manager
Marketing & Brand Specialist