Show 305, January 5, 2019: Winemaker Eric Hamacher, Hamacher Wines, Beaverton, Oregon

Eric HamacherEric Hamacher set forth as a winemaking gypsy after earning his viticulture and enology degree from UC Davis in 1988. Eric has since created stunning wines for more than 35 vintages at multiple wineries around the world. After leaving Napa in 1995, Eric headed North to the “Promise Land” of Pinot Noir and founded his eponymous winery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

After pushing for several years and finally succeeding to change Oregon state law to enable multiple winery licensing in one facility, Eric with his wife, Luisa Ponzi (Ponzi Vineyards) and partners Ned and Kristen Lumpkin, co-founded The Carlton Winemakers Studio in 2002. The Studio was the first of its kind and operated as a multi-winery facility designed to enable small, high-end wineries and boutique, artisanal producers to share space and expertise.

With the bountiful 2014 harvest and the seams stretching at the studio, Eric moved himself out. With the “Reopening” of Hamacher Wines at the original Ponzi Historical Estate, Eric was able to launch his first tasting room dedicated to showcasing his wines directly to appreciative wine lovers.

Today, Eric’s production of artisan Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at Hamacher Wines is just shy of 2,000 cases annually, possibly Oregon’s slowest growing winery.

Eric is with us to pull the cork on the Hamacher and H Wines varietals of Hamacher Wines.

 

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Show 293, October 6, 2018: Maria Ponzi, President & Director of Sales and Marketing, Ponzi Vineyards, Tualatin Valley, Oregon

Anna Maria PonziThe Tualatin Valley, Oregon’s esteemed Ponzi Vineyards is one of Oregon’s premier wineries. Established in 1970 as one of the pioneering wineries in Willamette Valley, Ponzi is now being run by the family’s 2nd generation of two sisters. Luisa Ponzi (trained in Burgundy) is Winemaker and Anna Maria Ponzi is President & Director of Sales and Marketing.

Founders Dick and Nancy Ponzi moved their young family to the Willamette Valley in the late 1960s with a spirit of adventure and a passion for making world class Pinot Noir. After many research trips to Burgundy and an extensive search for the ideal location, they purchased 20 acres on a small farm just southwest of Portland, Oregon. It was a daring risk — at the time, the Pacific Northwest was not thought to be a place to grow Pinot Noir, but Dick and Nancy realized the Northern Willamette Valley’s climate was ideal for cool climate varieties. Pinot Noir cuttings were planted, and in 1970 Ponzi Vineyards was founded.

The methods, philosophies and winemaking passion established nearly 50 years ago are still practiced today under the family’s second generation.

Ponzi Vineyards continues to set the standard for Oregon’s viticultural innovation while maintaining an unwavering commitment to a tradition of winemaking excellence. For the last 25 years, this philosophy has been carried on by the Ponzi family’s second generation.

All 130 acres of family-owned vineyards are LIVE Certified Sustainable, the world’s highest standard for sustainable viticulture and enology. Driven by the concept that the varietal must match the terroir and climate, Ponzi Vineyards continues to set the bar for Oregon and remains at the forefront of the nation’s top wine producers.

The handsome Ponzi tasting room at The Winery features fireside seating, a covered terrace and bocce ball courts. Experience exceptional wines while enjoying panoramic views of the vineyard and valley. Small food pairings are offered to accompany the wines. Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Highly recommended.

Maria Ponzi pulls the cork for us.

 

 

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