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Ponzi Vineyards

Sherwood, OR United States



The Ponzi family moved to the Willamette Valley in the late 1960s with a passion for producing world class cool-climate Pinot noir. After an extensive search, they invested in a small 20-acre farm in the northern region of the Willamette Valley and in 1970 established Ponzi Vineyards. Since that pioneering start more than 50 years ago, Ponzi Vineyards has become internationally acclaimed for its Pinot noir and Chardonnay, remaining at the forefront of the nation’s top wine producers, and attracting international attention. In 2021, Ponzi Vineyards became the first investment outside of France by the venerated Groupe Bollinger, positioning the brand to achieve even greater heights over the next 50 years and beyond.


The Laurelwood District AVA, was approved in June 2020. Principals from Ponzi Vineyards and Dion Vineyards championed its petition. This AVA, which is nested within the Chehalem Mountains AVA, comprises more than 25 wineries and 70 vineyards.

The Laurelwood District’s boundary is the predominance of a unique soil series recognized as Laurelwood, found on the north- and east-facing slope of the Chehalem Mountains. The Laurelwood District AVA encompasses over 33,000 acres and includes the highest elevation in the Willamette Valley, at 1,633 feet. Laurelwood soil is composed of a 15-million-year-old basalt base with a loess top layer accumulated over the past 200,000 years.

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