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Bells Up Winery, Newberg

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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?”

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.
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  • My wife and I scheduled a wine tasting with Dave. We came from Michigan to start our immersion into Pinot Noir. Not only was the wine outstanding, but meeting Dave was a pleasure. We tasted in the bar...  more »
  • Have been a regular customer of Bells Up for the past 3 years. Dave and Sara continue to expand and improve the range and quality of their products. Bells Up is a great addition to the long and respec...  more »
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  • My husband and I visited Bells Up as part of a Willamette Valley Pinot Car tour. Our amazing tour guide, Carlos, took us to several "boutique" wineries throughout the day including Bells Up. If you are looking for an intimate tasting experience with incredible company, look no further. Dave and Sara are warm and welcoming hosts that provide an excellent tasting experience for their guests. Their wines are incredibly "drinkable" and pair perfectly with pretty much anything. We look forward to visiting again soon. Until then, we will enjoy our Fanfare Club (wine club) shipments!
  • What an awesome experience to have David the winemaker give us the tasting and tour. I really appreciate his passion for wine. 🍷🍷😊

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