first grapes grown i Walla Walla WA were Cinsault - this was in the 1920s

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Ponzi Vineyards

Behind every bottle of Ponzi wine is more than four decades of winemaking discovery and innovation.

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.

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