ANNA MARIA PONZIConsulting Director of Marketing, Direct Sales & HospitalityAnna Maria Ponzi is President, Director of Sales and Marketing,
Second-Generation Vintner and Owner of Ponzi Vineyards, perched
atop the Chehalem Mountains in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. For nearly
30 years, Anna Maria and her sister—Winemaker Luisa Ponzi—have
been operating the winery founded by their parents in 1970. Together,
they have grown the business into a wine-industry leader farming over
140 acres of certified sustainable vineyards and experimenting with
innovative agricultural methods to grow new wine varietals.
Anna Maria is actively involved in philanthropic organizations and
events. She is currently a commissioner on the Oregon Tourism
Commission and Vice President of the Oregon Wingrower’s Association.
She has served extended terms on the Oregon Wine Board, Oregon
Pinot Camp, the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, and ¡Salud!
Her roots as the daughter of a pioneering wine family give her the
strong advantage of being educated in all areas of the wine business.
This unique experience and skill set allows her to serve the state’s wine
industry in a myriad of ways, including acting as an ambassador for
Oregon wine growers internationally and building Oregon wine country
into a travel destination. She released her memoir “Pinot Girl” in the
Spring of 2020 in celebration of the winery’s 50th anniversary.
In 1987, Anna Maria graduated from the School of Journalism at
the University of Oregon. She moved to Boston and worked in the
publishing industry before returning home to the wine business in
1991, when she took the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at
Ponzi Vineyards. The following year, she became a founding member of
Women for Winesense and became President of the Oregon chapter.
In 2012, Anna Maria and her sister Luisa acquired ownership of the
winery from their parents, and Ponzi Vineyards became one of the
country’s few sister-run wineries and one of Oregon’s few second generation wineries.
LUISA PONZIDirector of Winemaking & ViticultureLuisa Ponzi graduated from Portland State University, Portland,
Oregon in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science. Following her
undergraduate studies, Luisa moved to Beaune, France where she
continued her education in viticulture and enology. As part of the
required curriculum, Luisa apprenticed with Burgundian producer,
M. Christophe Roumier of Domaine Roumier of Chambolle Musigny,
France as well as with Italian producer Luca Currado of Vietti in
Piedmont, Italy. In 1993, Luisa was awarded the Certficate Brevet
Professionelle D’Oenologie et Viticulture, at the time the only woman
to earn such distinction.
In addition to her formal studies of enology and viticulture, Luisa
has traveled extensively throughout other prominent wine regions
including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, Austria, Slovenia
and the United States. Since 1986, she has participated in all the
International Pinot Noir Celebrations in McMinnville, Oregon and
has attended all of the accompanying Steamboat Technical Pinot Noir
Luisa combines her formal winemaking experience with her
lifelong work with her father, Dick Ponzi, at their Willamette Valley
vineyards and winery. Since 1993, Luisa has brought her knowledge of
Burgundian practices combined with her personal experience to the
Luisa continues to educate herself through contacts with winemakers
around the world, frequent winery tastings and winemaking
conferences. She currently sits on several advisory and wine
organization boards. She serves as President of the Chehalem
Mountain Winegrowers Association, is on the board for LIVE, and is
a member of the Assemblage Advisory Board which supports women
and diverse communities in the wine industry.
Luisa has been honored with awards and accolades, all contributing to
Ponzi’s heightened stature in the national arena.