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October 31, 2017 |

Ponzi Vineyards Official Wine Sponsor at SATW Conference

The wall of things made in and around Portland, OregonFor the first time, Travel Portland hosted the Society of American Travel Writers' (SATW) annual meeting. The visiting travel writers were treated to conference discussions, field trips and a City of Makers dinner, all demonstrating Portland's innovative "maker" culture. As a pioneer of the Oregon wine industry, and winemakers, Ponzi Vineyards was invited to be an exclusive wine sponsor of the City of Makers dinner, and to host a tour group at the winery.

People enjoy a cocktail reception at the SATW 2017 conferenceDuring the reception, travel writers sipped 2016 Ponzi Pinot Blanc, 2016 Ponzi Pinot Gris and 2015 Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir while checking out the City of Makers wall. 

A tweet featuring Maria Ponzi's opening speech at the SATW conferenceMaria Ponzi started the evening with an inspirational talk focusing on the innovation and creativity thriving in Oregon. "Maker" culture and entrepreneurship have been key to the success the state's wine industry as well.

For the nearly 50 years, Ponzi Vineyards and other leading Willamette Valley wineries have built this destination, with its culture of tenacity, originality and commitment to quality. The SATW annual conference was a great opportunity to celebrate how far we've come!

Time Posted: Oct 31, 2017 at 2:34 PM
 
October 25, 2017 |

Visualizing Ponzi's New Hospitality Space with Maria Ponzi

Winery President Maria Ponzi shares her vision for the comfortably luxurious interior of Ponzi's new hospitality space, due to be completed in March 2018.

Time Posted: Oct 25, 2017 at 1:33 PM
 
October 11, 2017 |

Ponzi Vineyards Supports Local Umpqua Bank with Lobby Display

Ponzi dispaly at progress ridge umqua bankPonzi Vineyards supports its community here in the Chehalem Mountains outside of Portland, choosing opportunities to partner with local businesses whenever possible. If your bank is local Progress Ridge Umpqua (or even if it's not) stop in and see the Ponzi Vineyards display in the lobby. It's up for the next few months and will change as the holidays approach, featuring festive gift ideas for everyone on your list.

When it comes to American Pinot noir, few possess the rich history and experience of Ponzi Vineyards, one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries. The winery was founded in 1970 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi who realized the Willamette Valley met every need of noble, cool-climate grape varieties. Ponzi Vineyards was recognized early on as a premier producer of Pinot noir and instrumental in putting Oregon on the map as a world class wine region.

This tradition of excellence is carried on with second generation Winemaker Luisa Ponzi and President Maria Ponzi at the helm for the past 25 years. The winery continues to be a leader in Pinot noir innovation and remains at the forefront of American wine, as one of Oregon’s legendary producers.

Time Posted: Oct 11, 2017 at 1:43 PM
 
October 9, 2017 |

Governor's Trade Mission to Japan

Stock photo of Japan with cherry blossoms and mountainGovernor Kate Brown invited Ponzi Vineyards President Maria Ponzi to represent the Oregon wine industry on a trade mission to Japan promoting Oregon products and tourism. The 4-day mission to Tokyo will include a reception with the Governor, featuring Ponzi wines served at the reception; a Women in Leadership event; and a seminar on doing business in Oregon and an Oregon Food Showcase. Representatives from Business OregonTravel Oregon, the Oregon Department of Agriculture,  and other women-owned, Oregon businesses will attend and promote help foster trade and tourism between Japan and the Beaver State. 

The Trade Mission Updates

Maria Ponzi Toasts with Oregon Governor Kate Brown 2017

Ponzi Vineyards President Maria Ponzi and Oregon Governor Kate Brown toast trade between Japan and Oregon with Ponzi Pinot Noir at the Friends of Oregon reception in Tokyo.

Maria Ponzi visits Nissin World Delicatessen in Tokyo, where they carry Ponzi wines

Maria Ponzi visits Nissin World Delicatessen in Tokyo, where they carry Ponzi wines, and poses with Ponzi Pinot Noir and wine department manager, Mitsuo Takenaka.

Director of Oregon Agriculture, Alexis Taylor, posed with signed Ponzi bottles at Nissin World Delicatessan

Director of Oregon Department of Agriculture, Alexis Taylor, posed with signed Ponzi bottles at Nissin World Delicatessen.

Filcon distributor staff poses with Ponzi Vineyards staff in Tokyo, Japan

Ponzi President Maria Ponzi and National Sales Associate Brenna Patterson visit the Filcon Service  offices in Tokyo. They distribute Ponzi in Japan.

Maria Ponzi taste Ponzi wines with the staff of Japanese wine magazine Winart

Thursday morning, Maria held a tasting at Winart Magazine, during which they staff tasted these Ponzi wines: 2016 Ponzi Pinot Gris2014 Ponzi Chardonnay Reserve2015 Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir, and 2014 Ponzi Pinot Noir Reserve.

Maria Ponzi admires the display of Ponzi wines at Sogo in Kawaguchi area of Tokyo

At a wine tasting and signing event at Sogo in Kawaguchi area, Maria found an in depth display of Ponzi wines. They even carried the Vino Gelato!

Brenna Patterson signs a bottle on Ponzi wine for an adoring fan

Brenna signed Vino Gelato for an adoring fan, as well!

Maria Ponzi signs a bottle of the Ponzi Chardonnay Reserve for an excited wine lover

The Ponzi Chardonnay Reserve was a huge hit at Seibu in Ikebukuro, where Maria bonded with Chardonnay lovers over this beautiful wine.

Maria Ponzi hosts a crowd of wine lovers at a store in Japan

At a tasting in the Funabashi area, Maria poured the 2015 Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir, and praised the Willamette Valley as a world class vineyard location for beautiful Pinot noirs and other cool climate varietals. The store created great signage and promotional materials featuring Maria and Luisa Ponzi.

Marketing materials with Maria and Luisa Ponzi promoting a tasting in Japan

To read the official trade mission press release, click here>> 

Follow Maria Ponzi's travels on our blog & social media >>

Time Posted: Oct 9, 2017 at 10:26 AM
 
September 11, 2017 |

Oregon’s Willamette Valley: Home of great Pinot Noir at any price

The artcle describes the 2014 Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir: "Plum, raspberry and fresh black fig aromas abound. The palate is stuffed with dark-leaning fruit flavors, subtle spices and hints of bitter chocolate. Continuing fruit is joined by bits of Chicory on the somewhat lusty finish."

Read the full article here.

Time Posted: Sep 11, 2017 at 4:45 PM
 
September 11, 2017 |

2014 Ponzi Avellana Pinot Noir is a top scoring wine from Oregon with 95 points from Wine Advocate

A bottle of the 2014 Ponzi Avellana Pinot Noir with a single glass next to it

Ponzi is proud that the 2014 Ponzi Avellana Pinot Noir is a top scoring wine from Oregon with 95 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. 

Here's how the wine was described: “Medium-bodied, laced with firm, finely-grained tannins, it delivers intense red berry and earthy layers in the mouth with some exotic spices coming through, finishing long and refreshing....”  Read more>>

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Time Posted: Sep 11, 2017 at 4:28 PM
 
September 11, 2017 |

Wine & Spirits Magazine Names 2014 Ponzi Aurora Chardonnay one of the Year's Best

Bottle of ponzi aurora chardonnay with a glass poured

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Ponzi Aurora Chardonnay was featured as one of the Year’s Best US Chardonnays, with a score of 94 points from Wine & Spirits.

From Wine & Spirits: "The flavors are fulsome and elegant at once, and while you may luxuriate in the texture, its quiet energy will be the lasting impression..."

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Time Posted: Sep 11, 2017 at 4:19 PM
 
September 8, 2017 |

Ponzi Receives a Warm Welcome at Cambridge's EVOO

EVOO, an acclaimed Boston restaurantand Ponzi account, hosted Maria and Luisa Ponzi for a delicious meal and an opportunity to learn more about Ponzi Vineyards wines. The evening was as informative as it was enjoyable. Thanks to the EVOO staff for their enthusiasm for Ponzi wines.

 

Time Posted: Sep 8, 2017 at 4:47 PM
 
September 1, 2017 |

Charity of the Month, September: Adelnate Mujeres

We are pleased to announce that by visiting Ponzi Vineyards Tasting Room this month and sampling our lovely current release wines, you can help us support Adelante Mujeres, a charity benefitting lower income, often overlooked and marginalized Latina women and their families. This local organization is focused on the providing education, empowerment and enterprise to the Latina community. Adelante Mujeres means, “women rise up, move forward” and has helped over 4,000 families to do just that since its foundation in 2002. Currently, they need help to purchase a building in Forest Grove, OR to home their educational programs. The organization believes education is essential to empowerment and offers a variety of child and adult focused classes including agricultural curriculum.

Winemaker Luisa Ponzi chose this charity because she cares about our vineyard and winery workers and their families. Ponzi and Adelante Mujeres not only share a commitment to the community, but also a dedication to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. This is why they were chosen to be our September charity of the month.

Here’s a little more about Adelante Mujeres:

MISSION

Adelante Mujeres provides holistic education and empowerment opportunities to low income Latina women and their families to ensure full participation and active leadership in the community.

VISION

Adelante Mujeres envisions a community where all families thrive.

VALUES

Believe in yourself and others and commit to personal growth.

Be in solidarity with the community.

Love and respect the earth.

To learn more about programs and services offered by Adelante Mujeres, click here.

Time Posted: Sep 1, 2017 at 10:15 AM
 
August 25, 2017 |

Presenting the 2015 Ponzi Single Vineyard Cuvees

 

We’re pleased to present the 2015 Ponzi Single Vineyard Cuvées, showcasing the most outstanding vineyards from what has been called “the state’s most extraordinary vintage” by Wine Spectator.

Winemaker Luisa Ponzi is renowned for her mastery of blending many vineyards to create elegant and balanced Pinot noirs and Chardonnays. But when a single site expresses all the qualities of a complex, complete wine, it is selected for a limited production bottling and named for the vineyard from which it is crafted.

From Ponzi Vineyards’ 45th year come five wines from five distinct vineyards:

2015 Ponzi Abetina Pinot Noir
2015 Ponzi Aurora Pinot Noir
2015 Ponzi Vigneto Pinot Noir featuring Wahle Vineyard
2015 Ponzi Avellana Chardonnay
2015 Ponzi Aurora Chardonnay

To access these beautiful wines before they are returned to the cellar, contact us at orders@ponziwines.com.

Pre-release access to these wines ends Saturday, October 7th. Reserve your wines for pick up at the Harvest Dinner or for shipping after the event.

Time Posted: Aug 25, 2017 at 10:30 AM