About Bethel Heights Vineyard
United by their interest in wine, in 1977 Ted Casteel, Pat Dudley, Terry Casteel, and Marilyn Webb abandoned the academic life and bought 75 promising-looking acres in the Eola-Amity Hills. They cleared and planted more than 36 of those acres in 1979 and produced their first commercial vintage of 3000 cases in 1984.
For the first 30 years Ted was responsible for managing the vineyards and Terry was the winemaker. In that time they grew the Estate to 100 planted acres and their wine production to 10,000 cases, and made common cause with their fellow pioneers to establish the Willamette Valley as the home of New World Pinot Noir.
Meanwhile, five cousins grew up at Bethel Heights Vineyard knowing its tidy rows and wild hidden places as their backyard playground, science lab and adventure park. In 2006, cousins Ben and Mimi Casteel took the helm at Bethel Heights. Together they are launching Bethel Heights into the future with youthful energy, talent, and passion.
Past, Present, and Futures Tasting
This unique experience allows you the opportunity to trace our history by examining the life cycle of pinot noir from its early stages in barrel to its full and elegant maturity after careful aging in our cellar. You’ll sample wines from our Library, which represent a 30-year history of pinot noir production, current selections from second-generation Winemaker, Ben Casteel, and you’ll finish with a barrel tasting of our 30th Anniversary Vintage for an exclusive glimpse at the future of Bethel Heights. Paired with seasonally inspired fare from our own kitchen.