Vineyards

The Northern Willamette Valley provides a moderate climate, soils and sites ideal for the culture of noble cool climate wine varietals. The Ponzi family's own vineyards and those under their management provide 120 acres of vines featuring a variety of elevations, exposures and soil types. The different sites express distinctive territory and micro-climates. These differences, combined with knowledgeable varietal and clonal selections, are the determinants of the overall expression of varietal flavors, character and ultimate wine structure.

Ponzi Vineyards is strictly committed to respecting the integrity of each vineyard, enhancing and maintaining their individual characteristics. The artistry and signature of Ponzi wines is in the blending of distinct cuvées from these vineyards. All Ponzi-owned vineyards are site-selected, hand-planted and managed by the family and their vineyard manager.

Chehalem Mountains

An American Viticultural Area, AVA, is a federally approved area defined by geographic features and specific boundaries. In 2001, the large number of Oregon wineries created a need to more specifically inform consumers on the origin of their wines. The Chehalem Mountains AVA was created in 2007. All Ponzi vineyards, with the exception of the original Estate Vineyard, are situated on the North slope of this appellation.

Laurelwood Soil

The soil classification in the Chehalem Mountains AVA is exclusively Laurelwood; composed of basalt base with ice age windblown sedimentary soils. The family feels it is superb for the cultivation of Pinot Noir and other cool climate varietals.

Sustainability

The Ponzi Family is committed to maintaining and constantly improving the health of their vineyards, the vineyard workers and the environment.

  • OCSW - Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine (OCSW) is an education program that aims to simplify the identification of sustainably produced wine for the consumer. The OCSW logo on a bottle label guarantees that the wine was crafted using responsible agriculture and winemaking practices; and that both of those processes were certified by an independent third-party.
  • LIVE - In 2000, Ponzi Vineyards was certified by LIVE, the Oregon program for Low Input Viticulture and Enology. The certification recognizes compliance with specific sustainable agricultural practices and products. In 2008, the new Ponzi Vineyards winery, Collina del Sogno, became one of the first Oregon wineries to be recognized as LIVE Certified Sustainable.
  • ¡Salud! - Ponzi Vineyards is a founding member of ¡Salud! Oregon Pinot Noir Auction established in 1992. Wineries and a hospital located in the wine country collaborate to present the annual auction of exclusive Pinot Noir cuvées. All proceeds are directed to providing comprehensive health services, including dental, to seasonal vineyard workers and their families.

Our Growers

Ponzi Vineyards maintains long-term contracts with some of the finest grape growers in the Willamette Valley. Each of these vineyards produces fruit with special qualities and characteristics.

Alloro Vineyards - Owner: David Nemarnik
Certification: LIVE, Salmon Safe
Varietals: Pinot Noir, Muscat, Riesling

Dion Vineyards - Owner: Ron and Joanne Johnson
Certification: LIVE, Salmon Safe
Varietals: Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Gemini Vineyards - Owner: Dale Hatfield
Certification: LIVE, Salmon Safe
Varietals: Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir

Gran Moraine - Owner: Premier Pacific Vineyards
Certification: LIVE, Salmon Safe
Varietals: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Lazy River Vineyard - Owner: Ned and Kirsten Lumpkin
Certification: LIVE, Salmon Safe
Varietals: Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir





Linda Vista - Owner: Patricia Eiting
Certification: LIVE, Salmon Safe
Varietals: Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir

Thistle Vineyards - Owner: Jon and Laura Jennison
Certification: Oregon Tilth Certified Organic
Varietals: Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay

Wahle Vineyards - Owner: Mark Wahle
Certification: Practice Sustainable Farming
Varietals: Pinot Noir

Zena Crown (West) - Owner: Premier Pacific Vineyards
Certification: LIVE, Salmon Safe
Varietals: Pinot Noir



Zenith Vineyard - Owner: The Ramey Family and St. Innocent
Certification: LIVE, Salmon Safe
Varietals: Pinot Noir