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Episode 38 | Anna Maria Ponzi: Pinot Girl to President

Anna Maria Ponzi

Owner, President and Sales & Marketing Director of Ponzi Vineyards | Author of Pinot Girl: A Family. A Region. An Industry.

Anna Maria Ponzi is at the helm of one of Oregon’s most influential and celebrated wineries. Her new memoir, Pinot Girl: A Family. A Region. An Industry. is a heartfelt account of the hard work, persistence, ingenuity, and collaboration it took to help establish this now famed wine region.

In this episode, she shares stories about the first harvest, what she learned working on the farm, leaving for college and returning home to run the family business.

Maria’s parents, Dick and Nancy Ponzi and other pioneering wine families were on a mission to grow the best Pinot Noir and risked it all to pursue their vision. They blazed a trail for the Oregon wine industry and its place on the global stage. Anna Maria, along with her sister and winemaker Luisa, have continued their parents’ legacy and firmly engraving their mark with award-winning vintages and a thriving community of fans.

2020 also marks the 50th anniversary of Ponzi Vineyards and she tastes through 3 bottles you should check out!

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Uplevel your Oregon wine region knowledge

Take your Oregon wine industry geek-dom to the next level. Dave and Sandi provide a brief overview of its wine pioneer history, why its called Nested AVAs, some facts behind their bottle labeling, their most produced varietals and … did you know that Oregon had its own “Judgement of Paris?” Tune in to hear the results!

Willamette Valley AVA and its Nested AVAs

  • Chehalem Mountains AVA
  • Ribbon Ridge AVA (inside the Chehalem Mountains AVA
  • Laurelwood District AVA (new)
  • Tualatin Hills AVA (new)
  • Dundee Hills AVA
  • McMinnville AVA
  • Yamhill-Carlton AVA
  • Eola-Amity Hills AVA
  • Van Duzer Corridor AVA

Southern Oregon AVA’s Nested AVA

  • Umpqua AVA and its Nested AVAs
    • Elkton AVA
    • Red Hill Douglas County AVA
  • Rogue Valley AVA and its Nested AVA:
    • Applegate Valley AVA

Northern Oregon AVA’s Nested AVAs

  • Columbia Valley AVA and its Nested AVA:
    • Walla Walla Valley AVA & its Nested AVA:
      • The Rocks District AVA
  • Columbia Gorge AVA

Eastern Oregon AVA and Nested AVA

  • Snake River Valley AVA


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