Bethel Heights Vineyard
Bethel Heights Vineyard
6060 Bethel Heights Road NW
Phone: (503) 581-2262
Contact: Marilyn Webb
We firmly believe the old adage that great wine is made in the vineyard. Once the fruit is harvested our winemaking emphasizes gentle handling and minimum intervention through all phases of processing. Grapes from each section of the vineyard are vinified and aged in separate lots until they are bottled, so that we can learn as much as possible about their individual differences and qualities, and how they develop over time.
The heart of Bethel Heights Vineyard is Pinot noir. Three-fourths of the original estate vineyard, thirty-seven acres, is planted to Pinot noir. The new Justice Vineyard, planted in 1999, brought another thirteen acres of Pinot noir into the estate blend starting in 2003. The oldest vines, planted in 1977 and 1979, are Pommard and Wädenswil clones. More recent plantings include Dijon clones 114, 115, 667 and 777. BETHEL HEIGHTS ESTATE GROWN PINOT NOIR blends fruit from all the different sections of the estate vineyards, creating our signature wine.
Over the years certain sections of our estate vineyard have consistently yielded superior Pinot noir wines of distinctive character, most notably the SOUTHEAST BLOCK, the FLAT BLOCK, and the WEST BLOCK. A few barrels from these sections are reserved each year and bottled as separate block designated wines. We also make small lots of vineyard-designated Pinot noir from JUSTICE VINEYARD and other respected vineyards in the Eola Hills as opportunity arises.
In 2002, we started a new tradition, blending selected barrels from several different sites into one reserve Pinot noir that celebrates the best of the vintage. Instead of a place name this wine bears a family name, CASTEEL RESERVE, honoring the founding Casteel brothers and the new generation of Casteels now joining the family business.
Besides Pinot noir, we also make three white wines: Estate Grown Chardonnay made in a traditional Burgundian style, Estate Grown Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Gris from a blend of Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon fruit. Each is given the same attention to detail in the vineyard and the winery that we give to Pinot noir.
Winemaker: Ben Casteel
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