Fun Harvest Update from Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

Posted Fri, October 19, 2012 in All Posts

What's with the ladybugs hanging out in the Pinot noir fermentors?

"Ladybugs are purely a sign of organic and/or sustainably grown fruit. No chemicals means the "good" bugs can live. The harvest interns are commenting on how great ot is to see so many ladybugs.. They're a sign of healthy vineyards!" -Luisa Ponzi

Portland Monthly’s 50 Best Wines of 2012

Posted Thu, October 18, 2012 in All Posts

In the "Whites" catagory Ponzi scores high with a whopping 93 points for the lucsious 2009 Chardonnay Reserve.

7. Ponzi Vineyards | 2009 Chardonnay Reserve
 93 Points • Best Buy

Willamette Valley, $30

By using the Dijon clones best suited for the Willamette Valley’s cooler vintages, Luisa Ponzi has conjured a rich wine with complex layers of citrus, orange blossom, and a touch of caramel—and a long, satisfying finish.


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Don’t Burst My Bubble!

Posted Mon, October 15, 2012 in All Posts

It may look strange, but this "wild" fermentation is nothing unusual. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi says, "With wild yeast ferments you never know what you're going to get. This year it is especially foamy and bubbly at the beginning of fermentation. Super pretty, but a pain to clean up the explosions every morning!" 

LA based blogger explores “Latinos and vino”

Posted Mon, October 15, 2012 in All Posts

Señorita Vino travels to the Willamette Valley and learns about ¡Salud!- an Oregon Pinot Noir auction, co-founded by Nancy Ponzi. 

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A Busy Weekend in the Winery

Posted Mon, October 15, 2012 in All Posts

A busy week of picking and receiving fruit, meant a long weekend in the winery. Litteraly tons of fruit was processed, heading to tank or fermentor. 


Photos from top left: Harvest intern Alberto, hailing from Italy, does punch downs in style; Third generation Ponzis, Mia and Lauren dedicate their weekend to helping with the family business; (bottom left) A perfect Pinot bubble in one of the fermentors; Pinot noir is hand sorted by veteran intern Jessie.