Situated on two acres of fertile Willamette Valley soil, Tonalita pinot noir grapes show the true quality of its roots, with a subtle black tea flavor on the palate, accompanied by a fruit-forward raspberry element, and undercurrents of cassis. Tonalita is owned and lovingly tended by our own Ray Nuclo, King Estate Director of Viticulture, part of the King Estate family since 2011.
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.