Dean Fisher was introduced to the Oregon wine industry through his fabricating and truck equipment business. He began building various winery equipment such as hopper, hand rails, modifying sorting lines, etc. for Chateau Benoit and the Ponzi Vineyards. And, as you can imagine, when you work at "the winery" you taste the vintages. Pinot Noir became Dean's-and Ann's- grape of preference, and the die was cast.
In 1990, Dean got together with our good friend, Michael Etzel and put some fruit into barrels. He also planted approximately one acre of Pinot Noir. The vineyard was pretty landscaping and kept the allergy grasses to a minimum. Tasting these barrels got all of us excited to try again in 1991. Michael went on to establish Beaux Freres Winery. The Fishers joined forces with Eric Hamacher and Hal and Dottie Medici to establish the Medici Winery in 1995. Dean built a fruit processing line for Beaux Freres and another for Medici Vineyards. Since then, additional lines have been built, and Dean is finally building one for ADEA, for use in an upcoming facility.
As Fisher Family Cellars, Dean and family produced several vintages of beautiful Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In 1998 we were notified that we could not use the Fisher Family Cellars label as the name conflicted with another earlier-established vineyard and winery. Never ones to be discouraged, we decided to re-invent ourselves with a new name and label: ADEA (Ann, Dean, Erica and Adam). While the name may have changed, the Fisher Family (of Oregon) hasn't. Behind the label, the Fisher Family continues to strive to make Oregon's tastiest premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In 1998, a small amount of Pinot Gris was added to the mix, was well accepted, and was subsequently included in the last two vintages on a larger scale.
In 1999, ADEA moved to Carlton's newly constructed, state-of-the-art gravity-flow winery, Lemelson Vineyards, where they have vinified both the 1999 and 2000 harvests. In recent years, fruit has been obtained from the following family-run vineyards: Whistling Ridge Vineyard, Coleman Vineyard, Yamhill Valley Vineyards, Shea Vineyards and Anderson Vineyards right here in the Willamette Valley, as well as our small acre in Gaston. (We planted another acre during the 2000 summer and are busy keeping it going in a race with our friendly deer).
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