Bloomberg’s Elin McCoy reported on the Bollinger family’s acquisition of Oregon’s Ponzi Vineyards as more European vintners invest in established U.S. estates. In order to get a full perspective on the sale, McCoy spoke with Etienne Bizot, CEO and Chairman of the Bollinger family’s holding company, as well as Luisa and Maria Ponzi.
The piece offers candid anecdotes about the process and decision to partner, and also speaks to the Bollinger family’s intention to continue focusing on Ponzi’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production. It is worth reading the full article HEREBollinger-x-Ponzi-Bloomberg_4.27.21
Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marques that’s still family owned. Known for its rich, elegant and polished style of Champagne, their outstanding wines are the result of rigorous attention to detail and incredibly labor-intensive practices that few houses are willing to undertake. Underscoring its excellence, Bollinger has remained British secret agent James Bond's Champagne of choice since 1973.
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.