Diverse and Distinctive
King Estate works closely with our vineyard partners to painstakingly explore, source and collect only the finest grapes for our wines. This passion for perfection can be tasted in every sip of every glass of every bottle we produce.
Our goal is to plant North America’s most clonally diverse pinot gris vineyards, a King Estate signature style. Planting on carefully selected rootstocks across 290 acres manages the vigor of the vines, resulting in lower crop yields with greater intensity and complexity of flavor.
Subtle differences in the flavors and textures of our clones create the complexity that makes our pinot noir so intriguing. From our 167 dedicated, certified organic acres, grapes from each section of the vineyard are handled separately throughout both the fermentation and barrel-aging phases for a total commitment to the ideal pinot expression at every stage.
Our Vineyard Partners
In addition to our Estate, King Estate wines are sourced from a select spectrum of the finest vineyards in the Pacific Northwest winegrowing regions — Willamette Valley, Umpqua Valley and Rogue Valley in Oregon; and Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills and Walla Walla Valley in Washington.
Each of our approximately 50 vineyard partners grows grapes with distinct characteristics. This diverse geographical selection was carefully chosen to complement our own estate-grown fruit.
The Pacific Northwest
Oregon benefits from maritime climate. It is this warm weather that results in the lively ripe fruit of New World wines. However, the states’ more northerly latitude gives them the benefit of cool nights to retain the refreshing acidity characteristic of Old World wines.
As much as one-third to one-half of the grapes used to make King Estate Willamette Valley wines come from our estate-grown, certified Biodynamic fruit. The remainder is sourced from a careful selection of like-minded sustainably farmed vineyards throughout the AVA. Our winemakers keep these vineyards lots separate before making the final blends, ultimately creating a wine that showcases the beautiful spectrum of the Willamette Valley’s growing regions.
Certified Biodynamic by Demeter USA
King Estate has 1,033 Biodynamic-certified acres in southwest Eugene at the southern tip of the Willamette Valley AVA. A working farm, King Estate has 470 acres under vine: 165 of Pinot Noir, nearly 300 of Pinot Gris, and the balance in other grapes. Another 30 acres feature orchards, gardens, lavender and bee hives.
At the heart of our winemaking process is the winery itself, the physical grounds and buildings reflecting our commitment to a pure, natural and organic approach to wine — and to life.