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Great wine shared with friends and loved ones is one of life’s joys and we hope that you will pay us a visit, taste our wines, enjoy our views and include Bluebird Hill wines for your own favorite occasions. 
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Neil & Sue Shay moved to the Willamette Valley in 2010 and after almost a year of searching for a home out in the country, found a six acre homestead nestled into the southwest Coastal foothills of the Willamette Valley in the Village of Alpine, west of Monroe, Oregon.  Before moving in, it was suspected the lawn and pasture areas on the property might be a suitable habitat for bluebirds.  As a pleasant introduction to their new residence, they were greeted by several families of bluebirds the very day they unloaded the moving van and moved into the house.  As a well-known symbol for happiness, Neil & Sue welcomed and acknowledged their bluebird neighbors by naming our property “Bluebird Hill”.  Daily, they are greeted by their bluebirds and the other friendly birds that frequent their feeders. 


Inheriting an overgrown Christmas tree farm, it took three years to fully clear their land and they began planting grapevines as cleared land was available.  Only once the trees started to go, could they truely appreciate the full potential of their property:  aside from the long-distance view that Neil & Sue enjoy, the site is absolutely perfect for growing grapes, a warm hilltop site that enjoys gentle summer breezes with southeastern- and western-faced slopes to capture the sun’s energy. 


In the early spring of 2013, there was just enough land fully-cleared to allow them to plant their first block of vines, a small plot of Pommard clone Pinot noir.  Since then, more plantings have followed each year.  Presently they stand at three acres, planted at a high density, perhaps more typical of France than Oregon.  Although Neil & Sue love the Burgundian-style Pinot noirs and have many of their favorite Dijon clones planted along with Pommard and Wädenswil, Bluebird Hill wines strive to tell the story that the Willamette Valley is a unique place that can produce outstanding wine, reflecting it's own special terroir.  Bluebird Hill wines are small-lot and handcrafted, and always will be, with a commitment to make distinctive wines from exceptional fruit using a combination of traditional and modern winemaking techniques with a focus on detail.


Neil & Sue look out every morning at exceptional sunrises and, after a good day’s work, enjoy the early evening light falling on their young vineyard.  The location affords a rare treat …. Gorgeous vistas, a quiet place to sit, relax, and taste outstanding wines.  Great wine shared with friends and loved ones is one of life’s joys and Neil & Sue hope that you will pay them a visit, taste the wines, enjoy the views and include Bluebird Hill wines for your own special occasions. 



Associate Winemaker
& Vineyard Manager:
Josh Price

Josh is a highly experienced and knowledgeable professional in the field of viticulture and enology. As the assistant vineyard manager at Oregon State University's Woodhall Vineyard, he worked closely with professors and students to conduct research and demonstrate hands-on techniques for viticultural practices. In addition to his role at the vineyard, Josh also has a background in wine buying and has traveled extensively around the world, to learn about regional vineyard practices and wine characteristics. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in viticulture and enology from Oregon State University in 2015, and has been managing Woodhall Vineyard since 2013, starting as a student intern. With his passion for grapes and wine, Josh is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and expertise with others.  Josh lives locally with his wife Jennifer and two adorable daughters. 

Tasting Room Manager:
Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy is a Wine & Spirit Education Trust accredited ray of sunshine that brings over six years of professional tasting room experience to every glass and a few extra years of “amateur tasting experience” as well. Her love for the Pacific Northwest is only matched by her passion for photography and dogs. You can see her work on our Instagram!

Feel free to ask her every question you have about our wines, or wine in general. You’ll never find a better source of knowledge without judgment!

Vineyard & Cellar Assistant:
Tom Lee
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Associate Winemaker
& Vineyard Manager:
Nick Cheatham
2018/2020/2021 Vintages

Nick is a proud graduate of Oregon State University’s Food Science and Technology program with a degree in the Fermentation Science option and a minor in chemistry.
Nick began his journey in the wine industry in 2014 when he interned for A to Z Wineworks on the bottling line and worked with them during the vintage. There, he
found a love and passion for the work, the people, and of course, the wines. Since then, he has worked in various vineyards and wineries across the Willamette Valley, in the Idaho wine industry and spent a harvest in New Zealand.

He hopes to provide valuable knowledge and experience to further enrich the Bluebird Hill brand, but also anticipates learning much from the experienced vintners, the Shays.
Nick resides in Corvallis where he spends his free time trail running, cycling, golfing, and playing guitar. He is looking forward to his future at Bluebird Hill and to the
opportunity to craft outstanding, small-lot Willamette Valley wines.

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Vineyard & Cellar Assistant
Clay Williams

Clay Williams joined the Bluebird Hill team in the spring of 2018, working as a part-time vineyard and cellar assistant.  He graduated from OSU receiving a double major in Speech Communications and Philosophy December 2019 and worked full time at Bluebird Hill January/February 2020.  Clay was born and raised in Astoria, and when not studying or at work, he enjoys sports, and outdoor activities including fishing and hunting. 

Vineyard & Cellar Assistant
Alexis Doyle

Alexis Doyle has been working at Bluebird Hill Cellars since early 2019 and is currently studying Food Science and Fermentation at Oregon State University. Alexis has worked in the food industry for 8 years and this is where she first fell in love with wine and spirits. She enjoys the many opportunities she has had for hands-on learning at Bluebird Hill Cellars pertaining to winery and vineyard operations. Alexis grew up in Utah but loves living in the Pacific Northwest where she can take advantage of excellent backpacking, fishing and making home goods with all the beautiful Oregon produce. Upon graduating she plans to further her career in winemaking and is looking forward to working with Bluebird Hill Cellars in the future.

Vineyard & Cellar Assistant
Karl Roler

Tasting Room Associate  
Brian Day

Head Vineyard & Winery Dog



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Assistant Vineyard & Winery Dog  Willie




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