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November 8, 2017 | Ponzi Vineyards

#pzharvest2017 Update - The Wines Show Promise!

"The weather predictions were not great this year," laughs Ponzi Winemaker Luisa Ponzi. "We were looking at a really beautiful October of clear skies and nice cool temperatures, and it ended up being mostly that, but also there was some pretty intense rain." Watch the video to learn more about the 2017 harvest season at Ponzi Vineyards.

Time Posted: Nov 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM
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October 24, 2017 | Ponzi Vineyards

#pzharvest2017 Update - Picking is Finished!

Chardonnay grapes glow in sunrise light

Just before sunrise on September 14, 2017, at Aurora Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains, the Ponzi harvest team was already hard at work picking the first Chardonnay grapes for sparkling wine. #pzharvest2017 was off to a sunny, warm and dry start.

Chardonnay grapes on the vine in Oregon's Willamette Valley

Yellow grape vines on a hillside

Rains and cooler temperatures soon descended on the Pacific Northwest's Willamette Valley, dropping about an inch of precipitation and delaying Ponzi's harvest. 

Pinot gris on the vine in Oregon's Willamette Valley

But warmer, dryer mornings returned and the team worked quickly to get all the fruit into the winery before the unpredictable Oregon autumn brought more  inclement weather. From Chardonnay to Pinot gris and Pinot noir, we've gently picked ripe clusters of juicy, flavorful grapes. 

Pinot noir grapes in a bin in the vineyard

Sunrise in the vineyard at the Chehalem Mountains in Oregon's Willamette Valley

Sunrise on the last day of harvest burned off a thick layer of eerie fog. Frost covered the ground, but pickers harvested the last grapes on Ponzi's vineyards. Now that the fruit is in, the winery is busy destemming grapes, punching down lees, pressing and barreling the 2017 vintage. Stay tuned for more updates!

Time Posted: Oct 24, 2017 at 9:36 AM
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October 18, 2017 | Ponzi Vineyards

Harvest Update - Lab Testing Helps Make Great Wine

As #pzharvest2017 roles along, we want to introduce you to some of the people who help us make Ponzi's world class wines. Ponzi Vineyards Winery has a tough team of passionate wine lovers, but as Assistant Enologist Annett Goetz explains, brute force won't always wine the day. Watch this video to learn about the role of the lab in winemaking.

Time Posted: Oct 18, 2017 at 2:36 PM
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October 16, 2017 | Ponzi Vineyards

Ponzi Harvest Dinner 2017

A woman pours white wine into a Burgundy glassPonzi's Harvest Dinner 2017 was a magical evening featuring cozy atmosphere, chatting with two generations of the Ponzi family, a delicious meal and a preview of the 2015 single vineyard Pinot noirs and Chardonnays. Both second generation Ponzi sisters spoke, Luisa presented the new wines and Maria remembered the 2002 vintage.

Winemaker Luisa Ponzi addresses a comfortably elegant crowd at the 2017 Harvest Dinner

The evening could not have more perfectly represented indian summer in the Willamette Valley. The clear skies faded into a spectacular sunset!

Sunset from Ponzi Vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains in Willamette Valley, OR

The dinner itself was an amazing five-course dinner by Winery Culinary Director, Thomas Ghinazzi, with each course perfectly paired with the unreleased 2015 Single Vintage Pinot noir and Chardonnay, plus a surprise library wine: the 2002 Abetina Pinot Noir.

Mia Ponzi pours mushroom soup for a harvest dinner guest

Ponzi single vineyard pinot noir bottles on an elegant table

To finish the meal, Chef Tom served a dessert of cheese blintz paired with limited release 2016 Ponzi Vino Gelato.

Ponzi Vino Gelato paired with cheese blintz, desert

Please join us next year to celebrate the harvest. Mark your calendars!

Time Posted: Oct 16, 2017 at 1:58 PM
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October 6, 2017 | Ponzi Vineyards

#PZHarvest2017 Update - Punch Downs are Team Effort

 

This week the pace of harvest accelerated, with fruit coming in from a lot of vineyards. The winery staff and harvest interns have been hard at work to keep up with all the fresh grapes coming in. Ponzi's other departments volunteered to help punch down tanks. Sometimes harvest is a team effort!

A man stands on a tank with a tool to punch down grape skins

Punching down the tanks makes sure the juice gets plenty of skin contact and flavor. Here's the view from above a punch down:

 

More harvest updates to come on the blog. But if you can't wait, stay abreast of all the action in real time by following #pzharvest2017 on Instagram and Twitter.

Time Posted: Oct 6, 2017 at 11:04 AM
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October 3, 2017 | Ponzi Vineyards

2017 Harvest Kickoff

Harvest has come to Oregon's Chehalem Mountains.This season featured a cool spring, a dry hot summer, and this week, intermittent rains. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi explains the vintage and why the grapes are looking great.

Time Posted: Oct 3, 2017 at 2:34 PM
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September 29, 2017 | Ponzi Vineyards

Harvest Interns Welcomed to #pzharvest2017

Harvest has arrived in the Willamette Valley and so have Ponzi's lovely interns. These wine lovers are here to work hard from now until the end of harvest. They clean tubs, punch down grapes, clean the destemmer, drive fork lifts, pull juice samples for Winemaker Luisa Ponzi to taste, and generally help us with all the tough stuff needed to make harvest 2017 a success.

the pnzi harvest team cleans out the destemmer

Harvest is hard work, but there are some perks too! Luisa hosted a potluck mixer with three generations of the Ponzi family, the full time Ponzi team and the interns.

Delicious dishes paired with world class wine. The view of the sunset over the Chehalem Mountains served as a perfect dessert.

Time Posted: Sep 29, 2017 at 3:41 PM
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September 19, 2017 | Ponzi Vineyards

Harvest 2017 Kicks Off at Ponzi

bins of chardonnay grapes in the orchard in the morning light

In the first morning light, the Ponzi vineyard crew was at the stunning Ponzi Aurora Vineyard picking the very first grapes of the season.

The freshly harvested Chardonnay grapes were then brought directly to the winery to be pressed. Ponzi staff pitched in sorting the fruit and Winemaker Luisa Ponzi toasted the new harvest season.

Winemaker Luisa smiles as we work out the kinks to the first chardonnay grape destemming

This week, the harvest interns arrived and are learning the ropes in preparation for the season. It's going to be a great year. Stay tuned!

 

Time Posted: Sep 19, 2017 at 3:05 PM
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August 29, 2017 | Ponzi Vineyards

2017 Harvest is Upon Us

We’re inching closer to Harvest 2017. The Pinot noir grapes on the vines at Ponzi Avellana Vineyard are almost completely covered in their signature dark plum. The first day of picking is still several weeks away, but the vineyard crew and winery production team are busy preparing. Stay tuned for more harvest updates!

Time Posted: Aug 29, 2017 at 10:21 AM