March is Women’s History Month, so Vintegrity wants to feature three great wineries with women at the helm. These wineries are exemplary in their practices, and each is celebrated for the fine wines they produce that showcase their unique locations.
Ponzi Vineyards was founded in 1970 in Willamette Valley, Oregon. For more than 25 years, the vineyards have been run by second-generation Ponzi sisters, Anna Maria Ponzi as President and Luisa Ponzi as Winemaker. Both women are well-versed in the wine world, especially wine produced in Oregon.
Anna Maria Ponzi is currently a commissioner on the Oregon Tourism Commission and Vice President of the Oregon Winegrower’s Association. Along with these achievements, Anna Maria also served extended terms on various other wine boards and associations in Oregon.
Luisa Ponzi was always fascinated by the production of wine and studied abroad under Burgundian and Italian producers. She was the first American woman to receive certification in viticulture and enology from Beaune, France. She then brought this knowledge back to her family vineyards and began working as the Winemaker.
Ponzi vineyards stretch over 130 acres and are all LIVE Certified Sustainable – the highest standard for sustainable viticulture and enology. As one of the oldest wineries in Oregon, it is highly acclaimed for its world-class Pinots and Chardonnays.
Vintegrity has Ponzi wines available in Kansas!
This Napa Valley vineyard is managed and operated by Lindsay Hoopes, a second-generation proprietor. This authentic, down-to-earth winery was started by Lindsay’s father in 1985 and has continued to produce wine through pioneering sustainable practices.
Before taking on this head role, Lindsay traveled all around the world, studying international law and working in international logistics before then working in homicide at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office. Upon her return to the family winery, Lindsay partnered with well-known winemakers Anne Vawter and Jennifer Rue to produce wines that showcased the diverse Napa landscape, adopted bio-diverse farming initiatives, founded a rescue animal sanctuary and partnered with environmental groups to earn organic and sustainability certification.
Currently, all the Hoopes vineyards are either Certified Organic or currently undergoing the certification process. Each vineyard is working on implementing a regenerative farm with animals, water recycling systems, and bio-diversity practices. Lindsay and her family live with their 30+ rescue farm animals at the winery, where she has created a place for wine enthusiasts to come and learn more about their vineyards and wine while being immersed in California wine culture.
Vintegrity offers Hoopes wine in Missouri and Kansas!
Domaine Pfister has been a giant in the world of French wine for centuries, with their first wines produced back during the American Revolution in 1780. The Alsace winery is currently run by Mélanie Pfister, the 8th generation of the family and the first woman in the line to assume the head position.
Mélanie Pfister trained in Bordeaux, then Dijon as an engineer and oenologist. She completed internships at numerous prestigious wineries such as Zind-Humbrecht, Méo-Camuzet, Château Cheval Blanc, Château d’Yquem, and Craggy Range. She then returned to the winery and took on the job of running it in 2006. With her extensive knowledge and practical experience, she has continued the success of Pfister with an ongoing objective of reaching perfection.
The winery has enjoyed continued success under Mélanie Pfister’s direction, with typically 15 different wines produced each year and packaged in over 60,000 bottles. These pristine, clean wines are a tribute to the terroir in northeastern France and her family heritage.
Vintegrity has Pfister wines available in Missouri and Kansas!