Italian Varieties

Often, varieties that grow well in other cool-climate regions will also thrive in the Willamette Valley. This is not always the case, but did ring true with two very special grapes traditionally found in the Northern Piedmonte region of Italy.

During one of the many trips to visit the Currado family of Vietti Winery, the Ponzi family was surprised by the delightful flavors and lovely balance of the Arneis, a white wine, and the colorful and spicy Dolcetto, a red. On a hunch that the Chehalem Mountains would provide the ideal climatic conditions for these varieties, they planted five acres of Arneis and two of Dolcetto in the early 1990s.

2013 Ponzi Arneis This rare Italian varietal was planted in 1991 at Aurora Vineyard. We are one of its few producers in the U.S. The lively flavors of melon and pear are followed with a bright, elegant finish.

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2013 Ponzi Dolcetto Another varietal native to Northern Italy, Dolcetto was planted at Aurora Vineyard in 1992. The lush red wine is deeply colored with spicy aromas of white pepper, mint and cassis. Mouth flavors are of ripe blackberries and grape jelly with a bright, very long, broadly tannic, firm finish.

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