In 2012, Anna Maria and her sister Luisa acquired ownership of Ponzi Vineyards from their parents, Dick and Nancy Ponzi, and the winery became one of the country’s few sister-run operations and one of Oregon’s few second-generation wineries. The following year, they opened an elegantly modern tasting room, establishing Ponzi Vineyards as an exceptional wine country destination.
Maria assumed the position of President in 2014, overseeing all business operations. She also continues contributing to multiple charitable causes, including ¡Salud!, an organization co-founded by her mother Nancy to provide healthcare services to Oregon vineyard workers. Pulling from a history of innovation and sustainability, Maria is focused on forging a path onto the global market for other Oregon wineries to follow.
Luisa combines her formal winemaking experience with her lifelong work with her father at their Willamette Valley vineyards and winery. Since 1993, Luisa has brought her knowledge of Burgundian practices combined with her personal experience to the family-owned winery.
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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. The mantle has been picked up by daughters Maria and Luisa Ponzi, who continue the family history of leadership and innovation in the region and, in the case of Pinot Noir, across the country.