The Bells Up Story: “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?”Using our online itinerary creator, Newberg attractions like Bells Up Winery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
That’s the question Sara asked Dave eight 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.
Today — 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 located on the northern side of the Willamette Valley.
"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. Specter, a French horn player who performed in bands and symphonic groups throughout high school and college, feels the winery is his “Bells Up” moment.
Bells Up Winery reviews
Bells Up is a young Vinyard with a great vision for the future. We made our tasting appointment and were pleased to meet owner Dave who was personable and engaging. I would encourage a visit. more »
Incredible wines, gorgeous setting, and a very special private tasting! We visited during our honeymoon recently and loved it so much that I brought my mom back for her birthday a week later. We love.... more »
Wonderful stop for my wife and I along our Pinot tour of Willamette Valley! Dave is a great guy who is passionate about his vineyard and Super knowledgeable! Was ecstatic to be able to have a tasting with the actually winemaker and was able to learn so much about the process and wines!
Dave was so awesome! Not every tasting does the winemaker himself pour for you and share his knowledge and passion for growing grapes and making wine. Thanks so much!
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