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Newberg brew house awarded $30,000 TLT grant from the city to construct trail to winery

Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery was awarded a $30,000 grant to help build its Vines-to Steins Trail, which will stretch from the Benjamin Road establishment to nearby A to Z Wineworks, by the Newberg City Council at its May 7 meeting.

The decision came after several reviews that started in November when the Transient Lodging Tax Ad Hoc Committee announced it had some grant money for projects that would benefit tourism in Newberg. Six organizations submitted applications; three were awarded grants in December by the city council.

Wolves & People originally requested $65,000 in October to help build the trail as well as construct a pavilion. However, after hearing from several of the breweries' neighbors the council had some reservations about the submission, including that the trail could be dangerous and may not adhere to county agritourism regulations. The council returned the proposal to the committee to see if it met the criteria.

In March the committee voted 10-2 recommending the council award the grant.

The award contains a stipulation that "Wolves & People is required to obtain any land use approvals from Yamhill Country prior to any disbursement of any TLT destination development – marketing grant funds. If no land use approvals are required, Wolves & People must provide documentation from Yamhill Country that no land use approval is required before any disbursement of grant funds," a council resolution said.

Christian DeBenedetti, founder and brewer at Wolves & People, spoke at the committee meeting to explain the intention of the trail.

"The trail is to be used to link the two businesses and it will only be open during business hours, it is more a private trail operated by our mutual businesses," DeBenedetti said. "The grant is intended to focus on excavation; there is a curved natural topography to the land that is steep. (It will go toward shaping) to make it safe and accessible and to build signs and to tell stories of the trail and the wine and beer industries, and some money set aside for promotion."

"There is no fee to use the trail, he added. "We will hand out a free passport with a stamp on either end, and we don't want to charge entry."

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