Ponzi Vineyards
Dick and Nancy Ponzi moved their young family to the Willamette Valley
in the late 1960s with a spirit of adventure and a passion for making
world class Pinot Noir. After many research trips to Burgunshow more
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Address19500 Southwest Mountain Home Road, Sherwood, OR View map
Company typeSingle Property 
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Sherwood, OR
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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 Conferences. 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 family-owned winery. 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.

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