Ponzi Vineyards Tasting Room Featured in 1859 Magazine

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Tasting Notes

Printed in October 2014 Edition

 

A wave of architecturally innovative tasting rooms create a whole new tasting experience in wine countryAfter forty years of decanting wine in the old family residence, the Ponzis decided to upgrade. In 2008, they completed an advanced, gravity-flow production facility, designed by founding vintner Dick Ponzi, on a portion of 42 acres in the Chehalem Mountains. By 2011, it was time to reunite the production with the pour. Maria Ponzi, second-generation president of Ponzi Vineyards, teamed up with husband, architect Brett Fogelstrom, to create the family business’ newest incarnation.

 

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Fogelstrom took this as an opportunity to “capture the family’s innovation.” To that end, he designed a modern shell that incorporates the steel, glass and concrete of the nearby state-of the-art production facility. Then Ponzi added clusters of seating to host tableside tastings. “I wanted to create a comfortable, relaxed place where people would be able to spend a little more time with us,” Ponzi said. To make it inviting year-round, the couple included a covered terrace, complete with fire pit, and bocce courts nestled closer to the vines. “Everywhere you go in the space, you get a little different experience of the winery,” she said.

 

Visitors no longer go to the family home, but memorabilia in the foyer helps to tell the story. “I like that a typewriter and some notebooks show the humble beginnings of the Oregon wine industry,” said Ponzi. “It’s a great sense of pride for us as a family and as part of this community.