David Lett in the Cellar, 1979
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History & Legacy

Our story begins with intention: the idea that Oregon's Willamette Valley might just be the most exciting region for outstanding Pinot noir outside Burgundy. Back when most American wine drinkers couldn't locate the Willamette Valley on a map, our founding wine families worked together to build a community and establish a reputation for quality.

In just half a century we've built all that and more, while collecting more great stories than you could hear in a lifetime. Here are a few of our favorites.


Listen to interviews with David Adelsheim, founder of Adelsheim Vineyard, Willamette Valley pioneer, and partner to Eugenia Keegan.

Listen to interviews with Eugenia Keegan, General Manager of Jackson Family Wines Oregon, and partner to David Adelsheim.

Follow the Willamette Valley's biggest milestones using our interactive timeline.


Learn about the Willamette Valley.

Discover our AVAs (American Viticultural Areas).

Read about the latest trends in the Willamette Valley right now.