Ponzi Vineyards Promotes JP Pierce to Associate Winemaker
Sherwood, Ore. (October 10, 2017) — Ponzi Vineyards announces the promotion of Assistant Winemaker JP Pierce to Associate Winemaker. Pierce joined the Ponzi team in 2011. His experience and work ethic have made him a vital part of the company.
“JP’s passion for making great wine and his attention to detail has made him an asset to the production team for the past six years. We’re delighted to promote him to this elevated role.” comments Winemaker Luisa Ponzi.
Pierce is a seasoned winemaker who has contributed to making high quality wines in Oregon, New Zealand, Germany, South Africa and California. He possesses a broad and diverse skillset, ranging from food and beverage experience at the Ritz Carlton to a background in Nuclear Engineering from his service in the US Navy.
Pierce has been a longtime participant and supporter of Oregon Pinot Camp and the Riesling Revival. He has represented Ponzi Vineyards at a variety of industry events including the Chehalem Mountain Winegrower’s annual trade tasting, ¡Salud! Pinot Noir Auction and Oregon State University’s Sparkling Wine Symposium. Pierce also led a series at Portland Community College in 2012 called Connoisseur of Oregon Wines.
About the Winery
When it comes to American Pinot noir, few possess the rich history and experience of Ponzi Vineyards, one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries. The winery was founded in 1970 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi who realized the Willamette Valley met every need of noble, cool-climate grape varieties. Ponzi Vineyards was recognized early on as a premier producer of Pinot noir and instrumental in putting Oregon on the map as a world class wine region.
Innovation continues with the second generation Ponzi sisters who maintain a winemaking tradition of excellence and commitment to sustainability. President Ana Maria Ponzi and Winemaker Luisa Ponzi have been at the helm for the past 25 years. Trained in Burgundy, Luisa draws on Old World methodology to craft wines of distinction and character that reflect the Ponzi signature style. The 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art winemaking facility enables efficiency and a light touch at each stage of production. All 130 acres of Ponzi vineyards are certified sustainable, recognizing the winery’s commitment to environmental responsibility. Ponzi wines are represented nationally by VINTUS LLC. The winery continues to be a leader in Pinot noir innovation and remains at the forefront of American wine, as one of Oregon’s legendary producers.