Unbeknownst to us, we recently hosted wine and travel writer Maria Ignacia Morel of The Daily Drip on her inaugural visit to the Willamette Valley. She posted an overview of her trip, “8 Reasons to Visit Oregon Wine Country,” and listed us FIRST among the six wineries she visited—all significantly larger and more well known than us. It was both a surprise and an honor to discover the article this week.
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Of her Willamette Valley experience, Morel writes:
Known for its award winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the Willamette Valley is home to more than 500 wineries. And while wineries are the centerpiece of most travel itineraries for this region, it’s farm-to-fork food scene, hiking trails, and outdoor activities made Willamette Valley a must-see for me. Plus, it was conveniently located just an hour outside of Portland International Airport! Before I knew it, I was on a plane to Oregon… Here is my Willamette Valley itinerary.
#1: Bells Up First up, Bells Up – the perfect introduction to Willamette Valley.
If you are looking for an intimate and more private experience where you can talk at length with the owner/winemaker and learn about what it’s like to operate a small winery, this is the place to go. I loved Dave’s enthusiasm and friendliness. He made us feel at home from the start and took great care of us.
Not only were the wines exceptional but the story behind how the winery came to life was truly amazing and inspiring. While sipping and talking with Dave, we were able to experience a one-of-a-kind view of the entire Willamette Valley from the far top deck.
Want to experience a tasting with Winemaker Dave yourself? Sign up for a Maestro Class tasting by calling the winery at 503-537-1328 and Sara will get you booked in to the next available slot.