47 minutes 42 seconds

Date Range

circa 2004-2006

Interview Summary

Originally having nothing to do with viticulture or enology, Dick and Nancy Ponzi were just working class citizens in Southern California. Their path began to unfold one day when Dick decided to revive his family tradition of home winemaking. Their interest grew, and they moved to Oregon where they established their vineyard in 1970 and produced their first vintage in 1974.

In this interview, Nancy talks about the ¡Salud! health care program for vineyard workers, as well as the development of the wine industry. She also touches on what it was like raising a family with the business and how their children continue to be involved. Dick explains why he and Nancy ventured up to Oregon to start a winery and how his background as an engineer helped him along the way. He also discusses various mechanical and enological practices regarding winemaking.

This interview was conducted circa 2004-2006.


Some oral history interviews are conducted on site and may contain background noise from nature, winery, or tasting room operations. The videos in this collection are raw footage donated to the Oregon Wine History Archives. The quality of the footage is inconsistent and contains some visual disturbances with camera movement. Motion sickness may occur.

This project is supported in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust.