Oregon Wine Press reports that although it might not be the 50th birthday party bash that Ponzi Vineyards had originally planed for, the pioneering Oregon label is celebrating nonetheless.
In Ponzi’s half-century in the Willamette Valley, there are many chapters to the story. Mark Stock reports that “From finding a New World home for lesser-known Old World grape varieties like Arneis and Dolcetto, to promoting diversity in the workplace and helping Chardonnay’s renaissance in the Willamette Valley, the company has always been both involved and instrumental”. In celebration the winery’s newest chapter, marking 50 years, Stock interviews Anna Maria Ponzi, part of the winery’s second generation and president of the company, on their fascinating success.
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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.