Oregon winery Bethel Heights was founded by Ted and Terry Casteel, Pat Dudley and Marilyn Webb in 1977. Purchasing 30 hectares of land near Salem, they started with around 6 hectares of vineyards. Adding 14.5 hectares of additional vineyards in 1979, they were able to produce a first vintage in 1984. For thirty years Ted and Terry managed the vineyards and directed things in the cellar. In 2005 Ben Casteel took over as winemaker of Bethel Heights. The crown jewels of the estate are the Legacy Blocks: Forty-year old original own-rooted vines that have not been affected by phylloxera.
“This winery’s Chardonnays are simply outstanding, from top to bottom. And as the least expensive in the range, this bottling is one to stockpile by the case. Sleek, supple and dense, it matches immaculate stone fruit flavors to bright acidity and pretty barrel toast. Balanced, rich and penetrating, it stands up nicely to wines that cost three times as much.” Editors Choice, Wine Enthusiast