For more than four decades, the Ponzi family has used the rich soil of the Willamette Valley to produce lush, sustainable wines. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi worked alongside her father for many years, gaining hands-on experience with viticulture and foots-on experience with grape stomping. She deepened this education in Beaune, France, where she studied Burgundian practices. In 1993, Luisa earned her Brevet Professionnel D’Oenologie et Viticulture certificate, a first for an American woman.
Luisa and her sister Maria carry on the dynasty started by their parents, creating wine varietals suited to the climate with sustainable practices that respect the tradition of winemaking. In addition to stocking the cellar with an award-winning collection of pinot noir, pinot gris, pinot blanc, chardonnay, and white riesling, the Ponzis fill bottles with arneis and dolcetto, two rare Italian varietals.
WineUp Wine Merchants' dedicated oenophile, Wayne, spreads the gospel of grape during educational courses, tours, and webisodes. Wayne throws bundles of geographical and historical wine facts at guests as they traverse the fertile grounds of Willamette Valley during daily wine tours, which include pick-up and drop-off services. Thanks to more than 70 webisodes waiting just a few mouse clicks away, enthusiasts can stay current on the latest and greatest bottled juices to arrive at Wine Up!'s front door. Classes provide an entertaining environment for guests to discover their personal wine tastes as they build a wider vino vocab, gain more knowledge of various blends, and leave with a thorough understanding of which came first, the grape or the bottle.
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An estate house is surrounded by lush gardens, whose steps lead the way to a grass terrace that overlooks working vineyards and a gorgeous valley. Now, add locally made wine, picnics composed of organic fare, and live music. The call of, “Mon Ami!” may be heard. But no, you have not suddenly turned into a French expat hanging out in Tuscany. This is Garden Vineyards, a family-run vineyard in Hillsboro. (Mon Ami is the family dog.)
Garden Vineyards serves as an afternoon destination for picnics, wine tastings, and festivals. The vineyards' estate house is also available to rent for a weekend getaway or an overnight or extended stay. Visitors who especially love the wine can become members of the wine club,which includes six bottles in the spring and six more in the fall. Visitors can also become members of the vineyards' community-supported agriculture program and receive produce straight from the gardens.
Some of the Current Wines
2008 Blanc de Noir Sparkling: a brut-style wine with an acid and citrus fruit flavor
2011 White Blend: the up-front acidity transitions into a creamy finish in this full volume blend of pinot noir, viognier, and auxerrois
2011 Rosé Noir:
a darker and rounder style than a true rosé, with aromas of rhubarb, cherry, and lavender
2011 Pinot Noir: with expressive cherry and black raspberry fruit flavors and prominent acidity in the finish
See the full list of current releases.
Named for the waterway that trickles through the 50-acre parcel of land it sits on, Abbey Creek Vineyard crafts a variety of wines onsite from grapes that grow lush on 10 acres of vines first planted back in 1981. At their offsite tasting room, visitors can sip samples from their portfolio of wines, or purchase whole bottles or cases. Varietals range in style from the subtle oak and bright citrus of the chardonnay to the rounded, perfumed pinot noir with notes of cherry, which is best served in a voluptuous glass.