Leading travel publication Lonely Planet published a dedicated feature, “On the Oregon Food Trail,” that delves into so many of the not-to-be-missed culinary attractions in Oregon. Amidst all of the fabulous restaurants, purveyors and experiences noted is a section touting the Willamette Valley wine region. Ponzi Vineyards, owned and operated by sisters Maria and Luisa Ponzi, is the only winery mentioned, and is credited as being a pioneer of the region that is now home to more than 500 wineries. Sitting atop the Chehalem Mountains, the writer elaborates that the “rich, volcanic basalt soil lends a blackberry, plum and cola-esque finish to pinot noir” at Ponzi Vineyards. Read the full travel guide filled with terrific recommendations here.
Chehalem Mountain AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Dick and Nancy Ponzi helped put Oregon on the map in the United States and the world, and the Ponzi family has worked continuously for over 50 years leading and innovating in the region and, in the case of Pinot Noir, across the country and indeed the world. Today winemaker Luisa Ponzi continues her work of the last 30 years with the family of Champagne Bollinger, which acquired Ponzi Vineyards in 2021.