Willamette Valley wine insider Marissa Ooyevaar, who creates travel, wine, and lifestyle content across multiple channels as A Blonde Vintage, cut her professional teeth in the Oregon wine industry. So when she asked to visit us on a recent itinerary, we readily agreed. Not only was it a wonderful visit, Marissa knows her wine and we learned a ton FROM her. Not the least of which is how to create an Instagram Reel—check out the one she did for us.
Her caption: ablondevintage | ✨Craft, boutique, artisan… those are just a few words to describe @bellsupwinery where we enjoyed a seated, winemaker led tasting! Talk about an amazing experience in Oregon Wine Country! 😍👌 Nestled in the hills above Newberg, Oregon this precious winery is even home to the first and only planting of Seyval Blanc in the Willamette Valley… and it’s DELISH. Add this gorgeous spot to your list for your next trip to Oregon Wine Country! 🍷🙌
Marissa also posted her full itinerary, “The Best Oregon Wineries In Oregon Wine Country.” She writes:
There’s just nothing better than enjoying a sunny summer day in Oregon wine country. Whether it be for a day trip, weekend getaway or girls trip, spending time exploring some of the best Oregon wineries is always top of my list! Below I’ve rounded up some of the best Willamette Valley wine destinations to enjoy, from larger wine producers to boutique spots, there is the perfect balance of it all to give you the best impression of what Oregon wineries have to offer. Book mark it. Share it. Send it to relatives visiting the area. But most of all, enjoy it. Cheers!
About us, she wrote:
Bells Up Winery is perfectly perched on the side of Chehalem Mountain and overlooks Newberg and the Willamette Valley to the south. This small production, boutique winery produces about 600 cases of wine a year and composes handcrafted, classically-styled Oregon Pinot Noir, Rosé, Pinot Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon with grapes sourced exclusively from their estate vineyard and micro-sites in the Willamette Valley and Eastern Oregon. Every tasting is hosted by the winemaker and owner Dave Specter – which is a rarity and a very intimate experience, you truly learn about every nuance that makes each wine unique and the process which was used.