Wine Writer Andrew Chalk had the opportunity to learn about Ponzi Vineyards’ history directly from founder Dick Ponzi, Winemaker Luisa Ponzi and President Maria Ponzi when they visited Texas last month. He’s shared highlights of their conversation on The Chalk Report – from the early days in the ’70s to detailing how Luisa and Maria continue to keep the winery on the forefront – along with tasting notes from an extremely rare library tasting. In addition to treasures from the past, he had the opportunity to taste the 2015 Chardonnay Reserve and 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve. Read the full write up and tasting notes HERE
Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve is the epitome of restrained power. It hails primarily from estate grown fruit on Laurelwood soils in the Chehalem Mountains, including from some of Oregon’s oldest vines. This remarkably complex wine is handcrafted with tremendous attention to detail.
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. 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.