A Proposed Laurelwood AVA
The Laurelwood AVA is a proposed sub-AVA of the Chehalem Mountain AVA. It would comprise the entire North slope of the Chehalem Mountains and be made up of primarily Laurelwood soil. This basalt layer is ideal for the cultivation of Pinot noir and contributes a signature richness and depth to the wines. The Ponzi family has noted this effect over the 40 years they have been working with the soil.
Hamacher Wines moves to the Ponzi Historic Estate
Hamacher Wines moves its operation to the Ponzi Historic Estate. Beginning February, visitors to the property will be able to taste and purchase Hamacher wines alongside wines from Ponzi Vineyards at the tasting room. Founded in 1995 by veteran winemaker Eric Hamacher, Hamacher Wines crafts limited production Chardonnay and Pinot noir. Most recently, Hamacher Wines resided at the Carlton Winemakers Studio. The multiple winery facility was established in 2002 by Hamacher, his wife Luisa Ponzi and partners Ned and Kirsten Lumpkin. It was the first of its kind in Oregon. With abundant vintages...
Record Setting 2015 ¡Salud! Auction
This year, Ponzi Vineyards was fortunate enough to host the 24th Annual ¡Salud! Oregon Pinot Noir Auction. 44 wineries participated in the event, pouring their exclusive 2014 vintage ¡Salud! Cuvées. The event raised an unprecedented $800,000 to support ¡Salud!'s services.
The method of planting Clonal Massale is taking a mix of known Pinot noir clones, hand-selected for a specific site and planting the cuttings at random in a single block. This technique "smooths the edges of vintage variation and adds complexity in the vineyard," according to Winemaker Luisa Ponzi.
First Day of Harvest 2015
August 27th marks the earliest harvest to date! Winemaker, Luisa Ponzi, is calling this a "stunning" vintage.