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 composes handcrafted, classically styled Oregon Pinot noir with grapes sourced primarily from micro-growers on the northern side of the Willamette Valley. We make 300 – 400 cases annually and offer a small selection of other Oregon-grown varietals.
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.
About the Bells Up Estate Vineyard
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 Heritage clone Pommard and Dijon clone 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 Heritage clone Wadenswil, and Dijon clones 113 and 943 were planted in March 2016. The remaining acreage, closest to Bell Road, is anticipated to be planted with Dijon clones 777 and 115 at a future date.
In Fall 2017 the first harvest of estate Pinot Noir occurred, with the Pommard and 667 destined for a Spring 2018 release as Prelude Rosé of Pinot Noir. Additionally, we harvested the Seyval Blanc for the first time in Fall 2017, but only to make an experimental batch that will not be available for sale.