What began as winemaker Scott Pontin's high school FFA project has culminated into a 26-year legacy of estate winemaking. A new facility including tasting room, case storage, warehouse and offices totaling 5,000 square feet next to the family farm in Prosser marks the grand occasion. The Pontin family is no stranger to farming.
Since 1954 Nesto and Delores Pontin have been farming on the same land. They began as turkey farmers until 1967 and sold concord grapes for juice to Yakima Valley Grape Producers, now Welch's. The family also farmed wheat, mint, potatoes and sugar beets and later planted five varieties of apples, which they still farm.
Pontin del Roza translates roughly in Italian to mean "Pontin (Ponteen) family on the Roza". A pioneering spirit brought some of the Pontin family to the Yakima Valley over 65 years ago. Nesto Pontin's father, Angelo, immigrated to the Valley planting terraced vineyards just as his family had done for centuries in Italy. Today Pontin del Roza is a thriving estate winery with over 100 acres of 10 varietals including: Riesling, Malbec, Syrah, Dolcetto, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère and Petit Verdot. With production at around 4,500 cases per year, many grapes are still sold to other wine producers, as we desire to remain a small, family winery.