About Adelsheim Vineyard
Adelsheim Vineyard, located in Newberg, Ore., was founded with an optimistic spirit and a lofty dream: to create world class wines in an undiscovered wine region, the Chehalem Mountains. Among the first wave of Oregon wine pioneers in the 1970s, Adelsheim remains a benchmark for Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In addition to making world class wines, Adelsheim is committed to honor and be stewards of its abundant land. This commitment, nearly 50 years strong, is reflected in Adelsheim’s LIVE certified sustainable vineyards and wines. For more information, visit www.adelsheim.com.
February 6, 2019
Two iconic local brands come together to bring a uniquely Oregon experience to fans
Adelsheim Vineyard Partners with the Portland Trail Blazers to Produce Limited Edition Wine in Celebration of Team’s 50th anniversary
NEWBERG, Ore. (Feb. 6, 2019) - Adelsheim Vineyard, one of the Willamette Valley’s founding wineries and the Chehalem Mountains’ first winery, has announced a partnership with the Portland Trail Blazers to celebrate the franchise’s 50-year anniversary.
Since the ‘70s, Adelsheim and the Portland Trail Blazers have been bold pioneers in the Pacific Northwest - each in their own right. Adelsheim is honored to bring a uniquely Oregon experience to Trail Blazers fans through two commemorative, limited edition wines. The wines will be officially released on Sept. 24.
“Making this wine was such an honor for our whole team,” said Gina Hennen, winemaker for Adelsheim. “As a Blazers fan, to be able to team up with the Blazers to create this special, limited edition wine to commemorate the team’s 50th anniversary has been a dream come true. I think fans will love it as much as we do.”
This unique partnership blends wine and athletics in a way that truly represents the integrated spirit of Oregon. When Joth Ricci, then president and CEO of Adelsheim Vineyards, and Chris McGowan, president and CEO of the Portland Trail Blazers, first started discussing the partnership more than two years ago, it was clear that the organizations had a lot in common.
“When we came up with the idea of a commemorative wine to share with our fans to celebrate our 50th anniversary, we looked no further than Adelsheim,” says McGowan. “Our shared commitment and passion for Oregon made them a perfect fit.”
The wine offerings will include a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which were created especially for the fans to commemorate the rich 50-year history of their beloved team. Both are LIVE certified sustainable vineyards and wines wines. The wines will be pre-released in August to Club Adelsheim members and Trail Blazers season ticket holders and will be available for purchase at adelsheim.com and by-the-glass at Local Cork in the Rose Quarter on September 24. Additional details including label design, tasting notes and pricing will be announced later this year. For more information, please visit Adelsheim.com/Blazers.
About Adelsheim Vineyard
Adelsheim Vineyard, located in Newberg, Ore., was founded with an optimistic spirit and a lofty dream: to create world-class wines in an undiscovered wine region, the Chehalem Mountains. Among the first wave of Oregon wine pioneers in the 1970s, Adelsheim remains a benchmark for Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In addition to making world-class wines, Adelsheim is committed to honor and be stewards of its abundant land. This commitment, nearly 50 years strong, is reflected in Adelsheim’s LIVE certified sustainable vineyards and wines. For more information, visit www.adelsheim.com.
About the Portland Trail Blazers
Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by the late Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team's rich heritage includes 34 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting underserved kids and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington where they live, learn and play. Portland is the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate and community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, the Moda Center, earned LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 after becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. For more information, visit www.trailblazers.com.
JANUARY 16, 2019
President and Chief Executive Officer, Joth Ricci, Transitions Role to Advisor and Board Member
NEWBERG, Ore. (Jan. 16, 2019) - Adelsheim Vineyard, one of the Willamette Valley’s founding wineries and the Chehalem Mountains’ first winery, announced today that Joth Ricci will be transitioning from president and chief executive officer to advisor and board member. Ricci has accepted the role of president of Dutch Bros Coffee and he will continue to work closely with Adelsheim’s owners and board.
Ricci, a true beverage industry veteran, brought extensive executive leadership experience and deep ties in the Oregon business community to Adelsheim. During his two years as president and CEO, Ricci worked with the team of seasoned and passionate individuals to reposition and prime the winery for future success within Oregon and the broader wine industry.
“Joth has been instrumental in the continued success of our iconic wine brand and has instilled his passion and ambitious vision to everyone on our team,” said Jack and Lynn Loacker, owners of Adelsheim Vineyard. “We are excited about his next adventure, and look forward to his involvement on our board as we continue with our vision for Adelsheim. We are confident in all of our talented employees throughout the winery, including our leadership team: Kim Bellingar, chief operations officer, Gina Hennen, winemaker, Kelli Gregory, vineyard manager, and Rich Sermone, executive vice president of sales.”
Bellingar will oversee all day-to-day business operations, including production, marketing and administration. Hennen and Gregory will continue their excellence in winemaking and vineyard management. Sermone, with his extensive background leading beverage product sales and revenue, will head business development, including both distribution and consumer sales channels.
“With this transition, our team remains committed to leading the industry in wine quality, collaboration and education, while continuing to craft memorable experiences for our customers,” said Jack Loacker, Chair of the Board.
October 14, 2018
One of the Willamette Valley’s Founding Wineries Launches First Ever Sparkling Wine in November
Adelsheim Vineyard Releases Limited Edition Sparkling Brut Rosé
NEWBERG, Oregon (Oct. 14, 2018) In honor of the 40th anniversary of their first harvest, Adelsheim Vineyard, one of the Willamette Valley’s founding wineries and the Chehalem Mountains’ first winery, is releasing a limited edition Sparkling Brut Rosé. This is the first ever sparkling wine that the winery is releasing to the public.
Made from Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes, this complex, bubbly Rosé tastes distinctly of the Pacific Northwest, with flavors of Oregon strawberry, Rainier cherry and wild apple blossom. These fresh flavors are balanced by creamy brioche elements for a rich and delightful finish. The high altitude of the Chehalem Mountains is the perfect location to create these flavor profiles and produce a sparkling wine with character.
Adelsheim first began experimenting with sparkling wines in 2012, when the team created 7 different small batches in order to understand how each wine aged over time. Producing sparkling wines can be challenging, as the flavor, texture, and aroma continues to evolve well after it’s bottled. The wine needs to be informed by how these flavors are predicted to age in order to create a dynamic and balanced sparkling wine.
“The release of the Sparkling Brut Rosé is significant and special to us in many ways. In particular, it marks the fulfilment of a project that we were all very passionate about, including our founder, David Adelsheim,” says Gina Hennen, winemaker at Adelsheim. “David has always wanted to provide a sparkling option to our customers and now we can hang our hat on a product we are so proud and excited to share.”
There are less than 150 cases available of the limited edition Sparkling Brut Rosé, and the winery anticipates selling out of the wine before the end of the year. The winery is hosting a club release party to celebrate the launch on Saturday, November 17th. Non-club members are welcome to join the occasion for an event fee of $25. Those who are interested in purchasing the wine can visit adelsheim.com, where it will be available from November 19th through the 26th.
Adelsheim Vineyard will also be releasing a limited edition Sparkling Brut Cuvée that will only be available to club members and visitors of the tasting room.
December 4, 2017
Gina and Dave had a great partnership, and we are thrilled to be able to promote an established leader from within based on the succession plan he developed.
ADELSHEIM VINEYARD PROMOTES GINA HENNEN TO WINEMAKER AS DAVE PAIGE LEAVES TO ACQUIRE VINEYARD
Adelsheim Vineyard is celebrating three winemaking team promotions and honoring the legacy of longtime winemaker, Dave Paige, who is leaving the winery to acquire a nearby vineyard and start a new brand. Gina Hennen, who has worked alongside Paige since 2007, is being promoted to winemaker from associate winemaker. Paige will leave Adelsheim at the end of the year after fully transitioning winemaking responsibility to Hennen.
Chief Executive Officer, Joth Ricci, comments on Paige’s 16-year tenure: “We are very thankful for Dave’s many important contributions to Adelsheim and the Oregon industry. Through his results-based approach blending courage and flexibility with stability, he developed our winemaking program and team into one of Oregon’s finest. Dave also established Adelsheim as a thought leader -- one of the key places to go to learn new techniques through experimentation.”
Paige was also instrumental in creating, evolving and expanding Adelsheim’s vineyard and third-party grower program. He is in the process of acquiring a nearby vineyard, and will announce details when the deal has been finalized.
Ricci continues, “Gina and Dave had a great partnership, and we are thrilled to be able to promote an established leader from within based on the succession plan he developed. This is a natural transition as Gina has been directly involved in how our wines have been evolving over the last few years, and she understands all aspects of our winemaking program.”
Hennen joined Adelsheim’s cellar crew in 2007 and was quickly promoted to cellar master. She was promoted to assistant winemaker in 2011 and became associate winemaker in 2015. Her winemaking colleagues, Matt Perry and Noah Roberts, who have been with Adelsheim for several vintages, will become Assistant Winemaker and Cellar Master, respectively.
February 23, 2017
Adelsheim Vineyard plans for its future with a succession in leadership from Oregon wine pioneer, David Adelsheim, to beverage industry veteran, Joth Ricci.
Adelsheim Vineyard Announces Stumptown’s Joth Ricci as New CEO
Newberg, Oregon (February 23, 2016) – Adelsheim Vineyard announces today that Joth Ricci will take over the reins as the company’s CEO from Founder and President David Adelsheim. Ricci brings extensive executive leadership in the beverage industry and deep ties in the Oregon business community to Adelsheim. He returns to one of his past passions with this re-entry into the wine industry and looks to add new energy to the iconic Adelsheim wine brand.
“The accomplishments of David Adelsheim and this pioneering winery have shaped the Oregon wine industry and contributed to its incredible success,” says Ricci. “After 50 years, this industry still offers remarkable opportunity for even-greater excellence. I am honored to be invited to take this visionary company forward into its future.”
Ricci will take over all day-to-day operations, including vineyard and winery, financial, administrative, marketing, and sales. And while David Adelsheim hands off daily operations, he will still have an active role within the winery, especially in the areas of leadership succession, distribution and export sales, and shaping the legacy of the winery.
“Joth brings a wealth of proven leadership to our company,” says Adelsheim. “He’s an amazing manager of people; we feel strongly that he’s a perfect fit with our company culture and the person who can lead our winery to future success. We have an ambitious vision to refocus our wines on the Chehalem Mountains and thereby re-energize our brand. We need somebody with tremendous passion, who can lead with clarity. Joth is that person.”
June 15, 2016 | News from Adelsheim | Diana Szymczak
Food & Wine: Best Oregon Wineries to Visit
The Adelsheims were among the first wave of Oregon wine pioneers in the 1970s, and their family winery remains a benchmark for Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Visitors can taste a range of small-batch, winery-only bottlings in the tasting room. Call ahead to organize customized private tastings and sign-on for guided tasting luncheons.