Winery events — More than 30 wineries from Newberg and across the Yamhill County area will participate in the gourmet food and wine event

A summer drive through the Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) will be enough to convince most anyone that the area is full of beautiful, fertile lands. But how it got that way was not always a pretty process.

It involved cataclysmic floods, tumultuous storms, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions — all ultimately converging to create complex soils that just so happen to have just the qualities vintners look for in winegrowing regions.

Once the chaos had subsided, intrepid folks from all walks of life — farmers, teachers, doctors, artists and artisans, biologists and chemists — came together with the unified goal of harnessing the results of these geologic phenomena in their pursuit of exceptional wine.

This is the story that forms the framework of an event hosted next week by the Chehalem Mountain Winegrowers. Dubbed Origin ’13, the dinner and wine tasting marks the first “wine country” event the association has hosted. Previous events were set in Portland, according to Barbara Gross, one of the organizers of Origin and a board member for the association.

“This year, we decided to showcase our AVA and move it into wine country,” she said, “because what better way is there to explain the soil and the story than to actually show it to you?”

The event will include representatives of various member wineries mingling with guests, pouring wine and sharing their take on the “story” of the Chehalem Mountains AVA, Gross said.

“There’s definitely going to be a movie-like theme,” she said. “But it’s not going to be a lecture or anything like that. We’re a community, brought together by the history of the AVA, so we wanted to create an event with a community atmosphere.”

Origin will take place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at ArborBrook Vineyards, 17770 N.E. Calkins Lane. The cost is $60 per person and is all inclusive. It will feature a meal with locally sourced ingredients, prepared by chefs from EaT: An Oyster Bar, Bollywood Theater, Wildwood Restaurant, Subterra and Olympic Provisions.

The event will feature more than 30 vineyards and wineries from the Yamhill County area, more than half of which hail from Newberg, including Adelsheim, Anam Cara, ArborBrook, Artisanal, Chehalem, Colene Clemens, Longplay, Le Cadeau, Raptor Ridge, Redman, Rex Hill, ROCO, Tresori, Trisaetum, Vidon and Volare.

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