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June 11, 2021 | Ponzi Vineyards

Behind the Vines: Rosé



Summertime is nearly here, and no wine better fits the season than a bottle of chilled rosé! With National Rosé day just a day away, we wanted to provide an insider's look at how a bottle of Ponzi Vineyards Rosé makes it from vine to glass. 

Woman holding bottle of Ponzi Vineyards 2019 Pinot Noir Rosé and glass.In order to understand Rosé wines, we must first look at what causes that rosy namesake color. This type of wine is defined by the amount of time it sits on its skins. Rosé is a designation rather than a varietal, so it can be made from many different types of grapes. 

At Ponzi Vineyards, Rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes with an eye towards cooler sites which retain juicy, vibrant acidity. This vintage is a blend from a cooler block at Aurora Vineyard and another cool site near the Pacific Coast Range, called Ten Peaks Vineyard.

Once the fruit makes it to the first floor of our gravity flow winery, clusters are destemmed and allowed to sit on their skins for less than 24 hours. This technique causes the lighter pink shade we prefer for Ponzi Rosés. The wine is then transferred by gravity to the third level of the winery for a long, cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks before being bottled. 

Woman holding bottle of Ponzi Vineyards 2019 Pinot Noir Rosé prominently in front and to the left side of the frame. Bright flavors of ripe strawberries and cream, lush apple and refreshing acidity characterize a glass of 2019 Ponzi Pinot Noir Rosé. This wine pairs beautifully with clear skies, a vineyard view and a variety of fruits, seafood and cheeses. 

Try a glass or a flight including this wine when you make a reservation at the Ponzi Vineyards Tasting Room. The ideal way to begin a day spent wine tasting in Oregon's Laurelwood District AVA. Purchase a bottle online here or prepare for Summer with our limited edition Rosé Day Trio

Cheers | Salud | Santé

Time Posted: Jun 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM
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April 7, 2021 | Ponzi Vineyards

Bollinger Family To Acquire Ponzi Vineyards

AŸ, FRANCE, April 7, 2021 – The Bollinger family, owners of iconic Champagne Bollinger in addition to four other historic estates in France, announce the upcoming acquisition of their first winery in the United States, with the purchase of Oregon’s famed Ponzi Vineyards. The transaction will unite the Bollinger family with the Ponzi family, building on the legacy the Ponzis have established as one of Oregon’s original wineries, leading the success and growth of the region’s Pinot Noir over the last 50 years.

Bollinger family holding group Chairman & CEO Etienne Bizot comments, “The United States is such an important market for luxury Champagne, Burgundy, Sancerre, Cognac, and other regions in which our family owns wineries. If there was anywhere outside of France where we felt it was critical to invest, it is in the U.S. We have quietly considered opportunities for a number of years, but it is finally with the Ponzi family that we feel we have found the ideal fit. Their bold vision to come to Oregon, the subsequent decades of recognition for continually innovating and improving – we have so much respect for what the Ponzis have achieved, and look forward to building on it together, and connecting all our brands more closely with the U.S. market.”

“We have dedicated our lives to demonstrating Oregon’s Willamette Valley as one of the greatest places on the planet for producing cool climate, high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay,” remarks Luisa Ponzi, the winery’s recognized leading winemaker who trained in Burgundy. “This transaction makes sense for our respective families because of our well aligned values and shared commitment to producing wines of the very highest quality.”

“It gives us immense satisfaction to have the opportunity to pass our legacy winery on to the Bollinger family, who will continue to elevate the brand on a global scale,” Winery President Anna Maria Ponzi shares. “This is the natural next step for our brand and winery.”

The purchase includes the winery and hospitality facilities 40 minutes from Portland, Oregon in addition to 35 acres of vineyard land in the newly established Laurelwood District AVA. The winery has been an introduction to the region for countless numbers of people through not only visits but major events that the Ponzi family has been instrumental in creating and supporting, such as the International Pinot Noir Celebration, Oregon Pinot Camp and the Salud Pinot Noir Barrel Auction.

Under the leadership of a new CEO, whose recruitment is ongoing, Anna Maria will continue to lead the sales & marketing over the transition period and Luisa will remain as the Director of Viticulture and Winemaking. The Ponzi family will retain 100 acres of vineyard land and will grow and sell the grapes to Ponzi Vineyards under a long-term contract.

VINTUS, current Ponzi Vineyards national sales and marketing agent, and importer of Champagne Bollinger, Champagne Ayala, Domaine Chanson and Langlois-Chateau, will continue to represent Ponzi’s trade distribution in the United States.

The timing of the full transition is subject to customary regulatory processes and approvals.

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About the Bollinger Family:

SJB, the holding company of the Bollinger family, is comprised of domains in 4 French wine appellations: Bollinger & Ayala in Champagne, Chanson Père & Fils in Burgundy, Delamain in Cognac and Langlois-Chateau in the Loire Valley. Founded in 1829, it is owned and controlled by the same family since 1829 and will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2029. These domains are all linked to their terroir by owning and farming vineyards. SJB’s mission is to offer consumers around the world great experiences around premium wines from the best wine regions.

About Ponzi Vineyards:

In the late 60’s, Dick and Nancy Ponzi uprooted their young family to pursue a dream of producing world class Pinot Noir and were instrumental in bringing world attention to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Over the past thirty years, the Ponzi daughters have expanded the family vineyards and winery facilities, incorporating innovation into its winemaking, viticulture and hospitality. The entrepreneurial family is also recognized for establishing the state’s first craft brewery in 1984 and one of the valley’s first regional restaurants in 1999, now owned and operated by son and brother, Michel and his family.

Time Posted: Apr 7, 2021 at 8:00 AM
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March 11, 2021 | Ponzi Vineyards

Behind the Vines: Single Vineyard Chardonnay

After more than two decades of dedicated research and laser focus on Chardonnay, Ponzi Vineyards is among a handful of producers crafting a distinctive style that is unique to our region. The North Willamette Valley cool temperatures present Chardonnays with an unparalleled combination of bright acidity, texture and freshness of fruit on the mid-palate. Second Generation Winemaker Luisa Ponzi’s main goal is to allow the wines to express these characteristics with each vintage. 

Over the years, Luisa has had the unique opportunity of consistently working with the estate vineyards and discovered her favorite blocks. In 2012, she felt they should shine on their own and released stunning single vineyard cuvees from Aurora and Avellana Vineyards. She feels these sites represent the “Yin and Yang” of Ponzi Chardonnay as both are exquisite examples of this beautiful white wine grown in the Laurelwood District AVA.

Aurora Vineyard

These original planting of the Dijon clone Chardonnay vines are nearly 30 years old. Their roots grow deep into the rich Laurelwood soil found exclusively in the Laurelwood District AVA. The age of vines and ideally situated site provides intense flavors to the finished wine. Aurora Vineyards yields an elegant wine with bright acidity and fruit.

Avellana Vineyard

The successes at Aurora Vineyard are expressed at the younger Avellana Vineyard planted in 2006. The site features a fusion of multiple clones and rootstock planted on rich Laurelwood soil. Avellana Vineyards yields a richer, weightier style Chardonnay.

Time Posted: Mar 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM
 
May 15, 2019 |

Employee Spotlight: JP Pierce, Associate Winemaker

Ponzi Vineyards is proud to produce some of Willamette Valley’s oldest and most iconic wines. The people behind the wines and brand are a huge part of our story. We are honored to introduce you to some of the invaluable members of the Ponzi team. Meet JP Pierce, Associate Winemaker! 

 How long have you worked on the team at Ponzi Vineyards?  Long enough for most of my hair to turn grey! I consider it good seasoning now in this winemaking career.  I have been working with Luisa and Maria’s team since 2011.

What is your role at Ponzi Vineyards? I am the Associate Winemaker which means breaker of chemical bonds, king of the tartrate crystal, guardian of toasted French barrel and herder of cats. I am the boots on the ground person, overseeing our wines and their progress, keeping up with Luisa’s direction and supervisor to our production staff. I also manage our production spaces, making sure forward progress continues to happen.

What does a “typical” day look like for you? You can often find me in our lab space with Luisa and our team as we taste through any magnitude of blends or bottlings, lending my critical eye and palate to what I see, taste and experience in our wines. Much of my day I bounce between the floors of our gravity flow production facility, tasting through tanks and barrels, providing management of wine work, jumping in as need, giving insight into maintenance repairs and orchestrating work flow (basically all the stuff behind the scenes).

What do you find most rewarding about the work you do at Ponzi Vineyards? We as a team, make some truly amazing wine and I am passionate about that process. What I really love though is our desire to be innovative and being a part of our new projects.

What are you most looking forward to in our 2019 vintage? Those first few days before the fruit is off the vine in September. It always happens for me in the early-early hours when you can just barely see your breath and you can literally smell the change of climate in the air. It smells like dewy and cool evergreen. It takes me back to my very first vintage, and it’s that pause, right before the adrenaline and organized chaos of harvest starts.

What is one cool or unknown fact that we should know about Ponzi Vineyards? Our recently restored vintage Willmes Red Press, used to be a tinker project of John Scharffenberger (Chocolatier and Winemaker) back in the 1990’s.
You have 10 minutes and one glass of wine. What are you drinking and who are you drinking with? Riesling is my thing, everyone who knows me knows that! I am an acid hound. I would drink a Marc Kreydenweiss Grand Cru 1994 Wiebelsberg Riesling with Marc himself. We’d talk craft, biodynamics and how good the wine in the afterlife is!

 

Time Posted: May 15, 2019 at 11:13 AM
 
May 8, 2019 |

Employee Spotlight: Miguel Ortiz, Vineyard Manager

Ponzi Vineyards is proud to produce some of Willamette Valley’s oldest and most iconic wines. The people behind the wines and brand are a huge part of our story. We are honored to introduce you to some of the invaluable members of the Ponzi team. Meet Miguel Ortiz, Vineyard Manager! 

How long have you worked on the team at Ponzi Vineyards? 25 years

What is your role at Ponzi Vineyards? Vineyard Manager overseeing 130 certified sustainable acres.

What does a “typical” day look like for you? Get up at 5am, have coffee, drive to work and oversee a 15 person crew. I love that every day is different!

What do you find most rewarding about the work you do at Ponzi Vineyards? I grew up working on a farm. I have been doing it my whole life, it is all that I know. I love to see the vines grow each year and love bud break each season.

What are you most looking forward to in our 2019 vintage? I’m looking forward to having a safe growing season for everyone in the company and producing premium grapes for harvest.

What is one cool or unknown fact that we should know about Ponzi Vineyards? I have worked for the Ponzi family for 25 years and very early on I didn’t see any kids around the vineyard. It was just me and Dick and Nancy Ponzi. One summer I saw two women around the vineyard a lot. I found out it was Luisa and Maria Ponzi, I didn’t know even they were part of the family! (Luisa had been in France and Maria was working in Boston, MA)

You have 10 minutes and one glass of wine. What are you drinking and who are you drinking with? Pinot noir and enjoying it with my wife.

Time Posted: May 8, 2019 at 11:40 AM
 
March 27, 2019 |

Sip & Style for Project Lemonade

Supporting children, particularly those in foster care, is primary to Ponzi Vineyards’ charitable efforts and especially dear to Ponzi Vineyards President, Maria Ponzi. She currently serves on the Project Lemonade board and was previously a member of CASA

We invite you to join Maria Ponzi in support of Portland’s foster youth at the Sip & Style event, Thursday, April 25th at Ponzi Vineyards. TICKETS >>

Project Lemonade is a Portland-based nonprofit with a mission to improve the self-esteem of foster youth through a free back-to-school shopping event and foster youth summer internship. Operating for six years, Project Lemonade has served over 12,000 foster youth.

Time Posted: Mar 27, 2019 at 3:18 PM
 
March 21, 2019 |

Spring Sipping Starts Now!

So Fresh & So clean

Spring is officially here! To celebrate, we’re offering 3 of our favorite stainless-steel fermented wines at a special price. For a limited time, purchase the 2017 Ponzi Pinot Gris, 2017 Ponzi Pinot Blanc & 2016 Ponzi Riesling together for just $55. This offer ends May 31st.

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2017 Ponzi Pinot Gris
“Complex  aromatics of honeycomb and jasmine, daphne,  lemongrass, white peppercorn and lime zest bound from the glass.  The mouth follows with flavors of cara orange, kumquat and juicy pear.  The acidity is brilliant and tamed with a touch of sweetness and a very slight phenolic tension in the finish.” –Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

Offered at $19/bottle 
(15% off bottles, 20% off cases for members)

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2017 Ponzi Pinot Blanc

“Guava, passionfruit, pineapple and star jasmine, laced with white licorice and honeysuckle, give this nose tropical and floral notes. The mouth shows quince, lemon curd and ripe nectarine finishing broad and supple with a touch of slate minerality and fresh acidity.” –Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

Offered at $22/bottle
(15% off bottles, 20% off cases for members)

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2016 Ponzi Riesling

“This beautiful nose of candied lime, lemon balm, honeysuckle and a whisper of lychee lead to a textured mouth of nectarine, white pepper and fresh acidity.” –Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

Offered at $22/bottle
(15% off bottles, 20% off cases for members)

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Time Posted: Mar 21, 2019 at 2:03 PM
 
March 13, 2019 |

Best of Class

2016 Ponzi Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs

What is a single vineyard designated wine? For Ponzi Vineyards, it is a cuvée which showcases the finest fruit of the vintage from a single site. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi hand-selects Pinot noir that exhibits complexity, depth, richness and overall completeness in barrel.

From the 2016 vintage, she selected the following outstanding sites to be featured as single vineyard designates: Ponzi Abetina 2 and Madrona Vineyards, as well as two of Ponzi’s growers; Linda Vista and Wahle Vineyards.

Taste the best of 2016


2016 Ponzi Abetina 2 Pinot Noir
“Bramble berry, chocolate, basil, rose petal and blackberry mingle with fresh aromatics of sea air and oyster shell. The mouth is generous and full with notes of cassis, creamy dulce de leche, nutmeg, hazelnuts and plum preserves. Balanced acidity and fine tannins bring structure and length to the long finish.” –Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

Offered at $107/bottle  | $268/magnum
(15% off bottles, 20% off cases for members)

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2016 Ponzi Madrona Pinot Noir
“A striking nose of warm spice: cardamom, star anise, clove, cinnamon stick and vanilla, is laced with savory notes of coriander, rosemary and fir needle. The mouth follows with molasses and gingersnap, spice cake and cola. The juicy acidity, salinity and chalky tannins keep the palate fresh and the finish long with a lingering spiciness.” –Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

Offered at $107/bottle  | $268/magnum
(15% off bottles, 20% off cases for members)

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2016 Ponzi Vigneto I Pinot Noir
Featuring Linda Vista Vineyard
“This spicy nose of nutmeg, cracked black peppercorn, brandied cherries and Mexican hot chocolate is laced with hints of warm brioche and pomegranate. The palate has caramel, nougat, honeycomb and bright cherry laced through with delicate acidity and lingering lush tannins.” –Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

Offered at $82/bottle
(15% off bottles, 20% off cases for members)

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2016 Ponzi Vigneto II Pinot Noir
Featuring Wahle Vineyard
“Fruit notes of blueberry, dried cranberry and orange zest underlay the complex notes of tobacco leaf, wood resin, chicory, dried chile pepper, coriander and flint. The intriguing nose leads to a palate of roasted coffee notes, forest berry pie, graham cracker and thyme. Depth and length with fine grain tannins finishing long.” –Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

Offered at $82/bottle
(15% off bottles, 20% off cases for members)

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Time Posted: Mar 13, 2019 at 12:46 PM
 
February 19, 2019 |

An Unexpected Winter Favorite

The lesser-known cousin to Pinot gris and Pinot noir, Pinot blanc is sometimes overlooked, though it is one of the most delightful and food-friendly wines around. Lively notes of tropical fruit, layered with vibrant acidity, dance on the palate, making this stainless-steel fermented wine perfect for the dreariest winter day.

The 2017 Ponzi Pinot Blanc is produced from the nearly 30-year-old vines planted at our LIVE Certified Sustainable Aurora Vineyard.

2017 Ponzi Pinot Blanc
“Guava, passionfruit, pineapple and star jasmine, laced with white licorice and honeysuckle, give this nose tropical and floral notes. The mouth shows quince, lemon curd and ripe nectarine finishing broad and supple with a touch of slate minerality and fresh acidity.” 
–Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

Offered at $22/bottle
(15% off bottles, 20% off cases for members)

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Time Posted: Feb 19, 2019 at 9:18 AM
 
February 14, 2019 |

Pretty, Pink & Easy to Love!

One of our favorite things about Pinot noir rosé is its versatility; not to mention its knack for brightening any occasion. With the first sip, a juicy kaleidoscope of flavors burst onto your palate. Mouthwatering acidity keeps the finish lively and crisp.

The fruit for the 2018 Ponzi Pinot Noir Rosé was intentionally selected with an eye towards cooler sites which retain juicy, vibrant acidity.

2018 Ponzi Pinot Noir Rosé
“Ethereal aromatics of magnolia, hibiscus, wild strawberry, jasmine and rainwater blend with slightly savory hints of lemon thyme and white pepper on the nose. The seamless palate of apple (think Envy or Pink Lady), slight honey notes and juicy acidity make this a refreshing, but serious Pinot noir rosé.” 
Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

Crafted from 100% Pinot noir, the fruit for our Rosé is intentionally selected with an eye towards cooler sites which retain juicy, vibrant acidity. Stainless steel fermentation to retain the bright, fresh fruit character.

Offered at $23/bottle  | $65/magnum
(15% off bottles, 20% off cases for members)

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Time Posted: Feb 14, 2019 at 2:12 PM