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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.
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.
This is a small but technical project we built on the water in Lake Oswego. The site is at the bottom of a cliff (a steep zigzag trail descends to where the boat house will be) and thus very difficult to access. We utilized barges to transport tools and materials to the site as well as drive piles into the steep lake bed, set and weld the steel beams etc. The setting couldn’t be more beautiful and the final product is a simple but elegant structure that sits nestled against the shore of the main lake.
Sunday, April 01 , 2007
By JAN BEHRS
Neighborhoods such as Alameda, Irvington, Laurelhurst, Ladd’s Addition. Dunthorpe and the West Hills boast an enviable stock of signature homes from the turn of the 20th century, many designed by prominent builders and architects of the day.
Here and there, however, stand homes not quite so grand or notable; the eras that lovers of fine craftsmanship celebrate also include plenty run-of-the-mill dwellings. What to do, then, when one of these-often abused and dilapidated — sits on prime real estate within a venerable neighborhood with good schools and otherwise desirable housing stock?
Ponzi Vineyards’ new Washington County tasting room vaults to forefront of metro area wineries
By Terry Richard, The Oregonian
Posted August 7th, 2013
Ponzi Vineyards’ new tasting room, on the southwest-facing slopes of the Chehalem Mountains in rural Washington County, raises the bar forwine hospitality in the greater Portland area.
There is nothing else quite like it so close to town.
The spacious, beautifully located and landscaped building opened last month. It will formally welcome visitors on Thursday, Aug. 8, during normal tasting hours.
Prepare to be surprised. And delighted. The setting is nothing short of awesome, with facilities to match.
The tasting room is open daily, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at 19500 S.W. Mountain Home Road, Sherwood.