SIP Northwest — a regional magazine showcases wines, beers, spirits and ciders from the Pacific Northwest — writer Tamara Belgard featured us in a recent article, “Bells Up Winery: Willamette Valley’s Un-Domaine.” (Photo by Elaine Luxton, Drink in Nature Photography)
One visit to Bells Up is all it takes to realize these are humble people in a humble space. With the trend of all the “Domaines” opening up, the couple admitted their micro-boutique winery was anything but. Their tasting room is in a converted pole barn, and though they’ve remodeled it and added a porch to soak up the Valley views, the place is anything but pretentious. They believe in a casual but intimate vibe, everyday wines, and a “keep-it-simple wine making approach that can be enjoyed with friends. Dave says, “While Sara and I enjoy wine, nobody would ever confuse us with wine snobs.”
And Bells Up continues to grow. The Specters just completed construction on their new processing facility, so for the first time in six years, they’ll be doing 100 percent of the production on site for the 2019 harvest. They’ll also be making their first estate Pinot noir with the 2019 harvest as well (as the oldest vines are now sixth leaf), their third Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir, and their second commercial bottling of Seyval Blanc.
The entire article can be found here.