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Adelsheim Vineyard plans for its future with a succession in leadership from Oregon wine pioneer, David Adelsheim, to beverage industry veteran, Joth Ricci.

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.”

Adelsheim Vineyard is committed to staying independently and locally owned.  Lynn and Jack Loacker, who have been partners with David since 1994, note, “Joth is an Oregon native who has successfully managed the operations of influential Oregon beverage brands. He gets Oregon. And the timing could not have been more perfect.”

About Adelsheim Vineyard

Adelsheim Vineyard was founded in 1971 and is one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries. We are still locally owned by David Adelsheim, Ginny Adelsheim, and Jack and Lynn Loacker. We believe in staying true to place and honoring the natural characteristics of our land. We know that raising the bar with every growing season requires tireless attention to detail. We are industry leaders who aim to change the world’s view about the production of exceptional wines in Oregon. We champion the collaborative and pioneering spirit of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. We open our doors 360 days per year to wine lovers seeking a uniquely Oregon experience. Visit Adelsheim.com  for more information.

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