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October 25, 2017 |

Nebbiolo Will Join Ponzi Vineyard's Northern Italian Varietal Wines

Nebbiolo is carefully planted at Ponzi's Avellana Vineyard in Oregon's Willamette ValleyAt Ponzi, Northern Italian Varietals are a passion, and part of the Ponzi family heritage. We're one of the few American producers making Dolcetto and Arneis, but now, Winemaker Luisa Ponzi is planting Nebbiolo at Avellana Vineyard. Only a handful of Oregon winemakers are experimenting with this bold varietal, the sole grape in Italian dynasty wines Barolo and Barbaresco. It will be a few years before the vines mature, but we already can't wait to taste the wine!

As Nebbiolo likes a similar climate to the cold weather reds for which Ponzi is known, the new vineyard site will also be home to Pinot noir vines.

Planting Nebbiolo and Pinot noir in Avellana Vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley

Pinot noir starters for planting in the vineyard

Nebbiolo planting at Avellana Vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley

New vineyard at Ponzi's Avellana site in Oregon's Willamette Valley

Time Posted: Oct 25, 2017 at 1:58 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 24, 2017 |

#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
 
October 16, 2017 |

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
 
October 13, 2017 |

First Pinot noir pressing of the 2017 season

The Ponzi Vineyards winery team is pressing our first Pinot noir grapes of #pzharvest2017, this pretty red press was originally made in Germany in 1978 and purchased by Dick Ponzi in 1992 when he bought his house at Aurora Vineyard.

The Willmes press had been abandoned by John Scharffenberger, of Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker. It seems repairing wine presses was a favorite hobby of the winemaker and chocolatier. 

 For Winemaker Luisa Ponzi, the press didn't at first meet her standards. So it sat, unused, until 2007, when the winery ran out of room from a particularly large harvest. Luisa dusted off the old press and had to admit she was wrong. It works great!

Time Posted: Oct 13, 2017 at 11:17 AM
 
October 4, 2017 |

Views for Miles- Hospitality Space Update

The new Ponzi Vineyards Founder's Room at Collina del Sogno, opening March 2018, boasts spectacular views of the Chehalem Mountains. Looking back at the new hospitality space from the Avellana Vineyard with the moon rising, the new build out's sprawling terraces are subtly nestled into the hillside. Portland-based Fogelstrom Design Build’s plan to match the beautiful topography of the surrounding Chehalem Mountains, creates an extravagant place from which to look out without disturbing the natural landscape. The new space is turning out to be perfection!

Here's another vantage point, just behind the pond, looking over the crest of the hill into the vineyard. For reference, the tasting room is just behind the new build out, out of view.

The view from inside the space is stunning. Designed to facilitate sipping, dining and socializing in comfortable luxury, the Founder's Room can accomodate up to 80 guests for a vareity of events; with access to Ponzi wines, delicious meals and views for miles.

Learn more about private events at Ponzi Vineyards >>
To book the new Ponzi hospitality space for your event, contact to Kati Focareto at
kati@ponzivineyards.com.

Time Posted: Oct 4, 2017 at 3:13 PM
 
October 3, 2017 |

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
 
September 19, 2017 |

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
 
August 29, 2017 |

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