Coelho Winery of Amity was recently honored with a 2012 Excellence in Family Business Award presented by Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program. 

Five winning companies, seven finalist companies and two individuals were recognized. More than 180 companies have been honored in this peer-reviewed competition since the awards were first presented in 1988.

“We are honored to recognize such accomplished and successful family businesses,” said Sherri Noxel, director of the Austin Family Business Program. “The 2012 winners have strong connections between the generations and are thoughtfully building businesses that will be successful for many generations.”

The awards recognize the achievements of family businesses in innovation, entrepreneurship, and commitment to community involvement. 

Coelho Winery won the micro category for businesses with nine or fewer employees. Dave and Deolinda Coelho began growing grapes in the Willamette Valley in 2004 and now produce more than 12,000 cases of wine each year. The winery has successfully integrated sons David and Sam Coelho into the business. In 2010, Coelho was named a finalist for the same award.

Other winners include Atiyeh Oriental Rugs of Portland (Dean’s Award for Family Business Leadership); Fruithill, Inc. of Yamhill (business with 10 to 24 employees); Melvin Mark Companies of Portland (25 to 99 employees); and Generations, LLC of Portland (100 or more employees). 

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