10am-4pm daily by reservation only
Bells Up Winery
"We all have two lives, and the second begins the moment we realize we only get one." – Confucius
Experience Oregon wine the way it used to be with a private, seated tasting appointment at Bells Up Winery with winemaker Dave Specter. Micro-boutique and un-domaine, Bells Up composes handcrafted, classically-styled Oregon Pinot Noir with grapes sourced primarily from micro-growers located on the northern side of the Willamette Valley. As one of the area's smallest producers, we make 500 cases annually and offer a small selection of other Oregon-grown and produced varietals — including Pinot Blanc and Syrah from the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley AVA.
“If you’re this successful in a career that makes you sick, stressed and miserable… how much more successful would you be doing something you love?”
That’s the question #moneyhoney Sara asked #winemaker Dave nine years ago, following his mental and physical breakdown from more than a decade as a successful corporate tax attorney. This, while watching Sara’s professional mentor battle pancreatic cancer at age 40.
The answer, for us, was that life is too short to spend unhappy. So we turned the basement hobby that brought Dave joy — winemaking — into Bells Up Winery.
Dave left the legal field, dedicating himself full-time to learning the business of making wine as a professional at Henke Winery while we lived in Cincinnati, Ohio.
After Dave won two different amateur national winemaking competitions with two different wines, we decided to relocate to Newberg, Oregon. In 2013, we established Bells Up Winery and our winemaking dreams took root.
Bells Up is located on 9 acres of vineyard propery in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The name “Bells Up” is a reference to a dramatic moment in classical music where the composer instructs French horn players to lift the bells of their instruments upward and project their sound with maximum intensity. Dave, a French horn player who performed in bands and symphonic groups throughout high school and college, says the winery is his “Bells Up” moment.