Named for a Calapooia tribe word meaning “valley of flowers,” the Chehalem winery originated in 1980 as a single vineyard on Ribbon Ridge. Today, the company owns three vineyards with a total of 262 acres, which produce mostly Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling grapes. The winery provides tours by appointment and also operates a tasting room in downtown Newberg. Located inside in a red-brick building, the tasting room is designed with exposed ceiling beams, aqua-colored walls hung with abstract paintings, and a dark-wood wine cabinet with colorful, custom-made glass panels. The tasting fee includes samples of seven wines.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.