Bethel Heights has grown its estate vineyards gradually for more than 35 years, from the original 14 acres planted in 1977 to just over 100 acres in 2014. Three-fourths of our plantings are Pinot noir, with Chardonnay expanding as our primary white variety.
Its Legacy Blocks of own-rooted vines, planted between 1977 and 1979 before the advent of phylloxera in Oregon, include 23 acres of Pinot noir (Pommard and Wädenswil clones), and 4.5 acres of Wente clone Chardonnay – all still healthy and producing fascinating wines. Later plantings from the ‘90s and beyond include many of the new “Dijon clones” of Pinot noir and Chardonnay, all on phylloxera-resistant rootstock.
Bethel Heights Winery started small as two families: in-laws, brothers, sisters, cousins, and we are proud that Bethel Heights has stayed in the Casteel-Dudley-Webb family since our beginning in 1977.
It has now welcomed grandchildren, spouses, and non-family employees to Bethel Heights. Some have changed roles. And some are stepping up in the business, taking over where its family began. Through it all, Bethel Heights has strived to allow its wines to show their sense of place, speak to the history of our vineyard, and tell the story of the Bethel Heights family.