Established in 2013, Bells Up Winery in Newberg, Oregon was started by award-winning winemaker David Specter and his wife, Sara Pearson Specter. The inaugural vintages were released in Spring 2015, which coincided with the opening of the estate winery and tasting room facility—a renovated pole barn on the property.
Micro-boutique, un-domaine and always open by appointment, Bells Up Winery composes handcrafted, classically styled Oregon Pinot noir with grapes sourced primarily from micro-growers on the northern side of the Willamette Valley. The first Bells Up wines were released Memorial Day 2015. We make approximately 400 cases annually and offer a small selection of other Oregon-grown varietals.
The 9-acre Bells Up estate vineyard—comprised entirely of Jory soil and located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA just north of Newberg—is being planted in phases and primarily in Pinot Noir. The first 3 acres of Pommard and 667 were planted in April 2014, with posts and wires added in March 2015. A third block (0.5-acre) of the Willamette Valley’s first planting of Seyval Blanc was established in March 2015. Three additional blocks (2.5 acres) of Wadenswil, 113 and 943 were planted in March 2016. First harvest of estate fruit is anticipated in fall 2017.
The name “Bells Up” refers to a dramatic moment in classical music where the composer instructs French horn players to lift the bells of their instruments up and project sound with maximum intensity. Dave, a French horn player who performed throughout high school and college, says the winery is his “Bells Up” moment.