Wine Searcher recently published an article by wine writer Kathleen Willcox, exploring the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on wineries and their logistics efforts nationwide. Entitled “Covid Infects Logistics, Especially Independent Wineries,” the article includes interviews with small producers about the challenges they’ve experienced during the many shut downs and stay-at-home orders.
Bells Up winemaker Dave was included in the feature. Willcox writes:
Dave Specter, co-owner and winemaker at Bells Up Winery in Newberg, Oregon, has also run into logistical snafus. Most notably, the warehouse where they store their wines and their bottling facility were closed; the warehouse has reopened, but the bottling facility is not only still closed, but not communicating about the future status.
“The lack of communication is the hardest part,” Specter says. “Luckily, it’s only affecting our rosé at this point, which is about 20 percent of our line. But between that and the shutdown, our sales are down about 40 percent right now.”