2 hour 13 minutes 30 seconds
October 14, 2020
This interview between David Adelsheim and Dick and Nancy Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyards is the sixth in a 10-part interview series entitled Founders’ Stories: Conversations with the 10 Founding Winemaking Families of Oregon’s North Willamette Valley. Founders’ Stories was produced by Adelsheim Vineyard to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.
In some ways, Nancy and Dick Ponzi’s entry into the business of wine in Oregon sounds very similar to ours. As Nancy wrote in her 2010 cookbook, it started in the nineteen-sixties. “If you weren’t alive then, it’s difficult to relate.” “Young people, such as Dick and me, were searching for roots and a path was presented by going back to the land, to basics and self-reliance.” I wanted to better understand how “back to the land” translated into starting one of Oregon’s foundational wineries. Nancy and Dick agreed to meet with us outside their original winery, next to the home they built, on October 14, 2020.
Produced by Adelsheim Vineyard in partnership with Tucker Hamilton, Dane Sawyer, and Tristan Brillanceau-Lewis.
A 15 minute abridged version of this interview as well as the full-length podcast can found on the Adelsheim website: adelsheim.com/50years.