Anna Maria Ponzi, second generation vintner for Ponzi Vineyards, chatted with blogger Wine with Wanda about Ponzi’s 50th anniversary in her latest Instagram Live Session. The two cover a lot: from the Ponzi family’s winemaking journey starting in the 1970s, to the new Laurelwood District AVA, and even Anna Maria’s new book, Pinot Girl: A Family. A Region. An Industry.
During their conversation, the pair tasted the 2016 Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve and 2016 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve. Wine with Wanda raves that both wines are “beautifully balanced, expressive and elegant.”
To learn more about all that is happening at Ponzi Vineyards during this monumental celebration, read the full article HERE or watch the Instagram Live Video Below.
The Pinot Noir Reserve comes primarily from estate grown fruit on Laurelwood soil in the Chehalem Mountains, including from some of Oregon’s oldest vines. It is hand crafted on a boutique scale, with tremendous attention to detail. An intense wine, it has an explosive nose of sassafras, coffee, sweet plum and spice box; a full and seamless palate with baker’s chocolate, blueberry, lavender and tea; and a long and balanced finish. I
The Ponzi family has dedicated over 25 years to innovation in farming and winemaking to develop Oregon Chardonnay’s place in the world. Luisa Ponzi’s formative experiences working in Burgundy in the early 1990s guide her vision of producing complex and ageworthy Chardonnay.
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.