Oregon’s Wine Country Destination
Oregon’s Wine Country Destination
Just minutes from Portland, find breathtaking views, world class wines, exciting events and more.
Some of the country’s finest Pinot noirs, Chardonnays and Pinot gris are made right in Portland’s backyard. A quick drive from the city, find pristine hillsides and unfettered views of the Willamette Valley’s glorious landscape.
Perched atop a westward-facing Chehalem Mountains slope, just 20 miles outside Portland, is the Ponzi Vineyards Winery. Taking full advantage of the idyllic scenery, the modern tasting room features a covered terrace and plentiful outdoor seating. With the vineyard within arm’s reach, guests may enjoy a round of bocce ball or savor a glass of Pinot noir around the firepit. The indoor space welcomes visitors to taste through a selection Ponzi’s acclaimed wines, at the bar or tableside. Cozy lounge seating around the grand fireplace is a favorite spot in the winter months.
The winery’s rich 45-year history is shared through a visual archive display. Dive further into the Ponzi family’s story with a guided tour and see the state-of-the-art, gravity-flow winery.
One of Oregon’s legendary producers
Ponzi Vineyards was founded in 1970 by dreamers, Dick and Nancy Ponzi, who realized the climate, soils and sites of the region met every need of noble, cool-climate grape varieties. As an industry trailblazer, Ponzi Vineyards was recognized early on as a premier producer of Pinot noir and was instrumental in putting Oregon on the map.
This tradition of excellence is carried on with second generation Winemaker Luisa Ponzi and President Maria Ponzi at the helm for the past 25 years. The winery continues to be a leader in Pinot noir innovation with its clonal massale plantings in the vineyard and delicate approach in the cellar. The state-of-the-art, gravity-flow winemaking facility and 130 acres of certified sustainable vineyards recognize the winery’s commitment to environmental responsibility.
On weekends, visitors can see the original vines and winery, plus taste current releases at the Ponzi Historic Estate in Beaverton. In the summer months, outdoor seating under the old oak trees provides a quiet retreat. The resident winemaker, Eric Hamacher of Hamacher Wines, produces limited production Pinot noirs and Chardonnays out of the historic winery. A selection of current releases can be sampled and purchased.
Adventurers looking for distinctive tasting experiences will not want to miss the winery’s line up of spring and summer events.
Sparkling wines in the spotlight
Be ahead of the trend! Oregon sparkling wines are up and coming, with producers like Ponzi Vineyards adding bubbles to their portfolio. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi unveils Ponzi Vineyards’ second-ever bottling of their Pinot noir brut rosé alongside a selection from the valley’s top producers at the Tiny Bubbles Sparkling Wine Seminar on April 16th. Special guest and renowned Champagne expert Bryan Maletis of Fat Cork joins Ponzi for an afternoon exploring Oregon sparklings and rare grower Champagnes from France. $60 per guest.
A wine country treat for mom
Treat mom to a beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch in wine country. Moms enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbles. Families are welcome. Children's menu includes a glass of Cugini sparkling grape juice. Sunday, May 8th, with seatings at 10am & 10:30am. $60 per guest; $15 per child.
Raise a glass and say ‘om’ to your health
There is no better way to enjoy Oregon’s spectacular summers than in the outdoors. Ponzi Vineyards brings wellness to wine country with two special events. Instructors from Escape to Yoga in Sherwood lead a morning practice for all levels on the winery’s plaza lawn with Yoga in the Vineyard on Saturday, July 9th. Saturday, August 13th, the team from Xtend Barre in Beaverton brings their ballet-inspired workout to the winery with Barre in the Vineyard. $35 ticket price includes class, wine tasting and healthy snacks. Guests only need to bring a mat and water.
Plan your visit and explore events at ponziwines.com.