665 W Turner Rd, Lodi, CA 95242, United States, +12093673672
About: PONDL Winery started with a simple idea: make good wine, produce something special, and share it! PONDL (PON’DL), which derives its name from the initials of its two creators, Pat O’Neill and David Lujan Jr., is a testament to what happens when an innocent hobby becomes out of hand. Pat’s goal as a winemaker was to create beautiful wines for both wine lovers and those who had never tried wine before. David, on the other hand, was looking for something different – something visually beautiful, classy yet sexy, and most importantly, something fun! As a result, he was dubbed the “Marketing Guy.” They started making their own wines, baby steps at first, after taking classes at UC Davis to improve their wine analysis. An acquaintance with a stray zinfandel vine; a former colleague with a small vineyard; and a network of growers calling from early August to late October offering grapes. They had more wine than they knew what to do with twelve years later. For a number of years, they lived and worked in Silicon Valley, and their weekend excursions brought them to the more rural areas of the state – Russian River, Sonoma Valley, and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Pat was able to retire after nearly four decades in the tech industry. Although David had dabbled in real estate, they were both ready for a change!