A skier skiing down at sunset at Ski Arpa Chile

In the past few years our family has been fortunate to travel to two of Chile’s remarkable ski areas – Portillo, the country’s oldest and best-known ski resort, and Farellones, a mountain village surrounded by three ski areas collectively known as Tres Valles. While we’re more than happy to take a few runs when we […]

Three cats on a hot tin roof

When deciding which travel destinations to write about for this blog, we’ve chosen to focus on those that are uniquely Chilean and unlike anywhere else in the world. Valparaiso is one such place. With its brightly painted buildings, abundant street art, crazy steep hills, Bohemian vibe, wiring that would cause a U.S. building inspector to […]

Kingston Family Vineyards-Amael in the winery

Last July we welcomed a new winemaker, Amael Orrego, to head up our family’s winery in Chile. Amael joined us from Viñedos Emiliana, a well-respected organic winery located in nearby Colchagua, a few hours’ drive south of Santiago. Thanks to the introduction by a trusted friend and winemaker, our first meeting was over coffee where […]

Red Volcano_Atacama

If you’re a looking for a spectacular vacation destination where you can simultaneously recharge your batteries and explore an other-worldly natural habitat, we think the Atacama Desert is an excellent choice. Atacama is one of Chile’s “travel trifecta”, along with Patagonia and The Lake District, and is home to a natural marvel, the San Pedro oasis. Surrounded […]

Kingston Family Vineyards-Wine and Chocolate pairing

Over the past few years we’ve had the great fortune to travel around the U.S. hosting wine dinners at top restaurants such as the James Beard House in NYC, La Mar in San Francisco, and the Amangani Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Through these experiences we’ve enjoyed how some of the country’s best chefs pair […]

Kingston Family Vineyards Blog-Torres del Paine by andrea frascari

When choosing a name for his outdoor clothing business, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard wanted something that evoked a sense of someplace faraway – somewhere that was “not quite on the map.” With the immense popularity of his company’s products – which prominently feature Patagonia’s mountains on the logo – he quickly put the remote region […]

Kingston Family Vineyards-Sun and Mountains

For many, frost conjures up images of a crisp autumn morning and a white dusting on your neighbor’s roof or lawn. For our family’s vineyard in Chile, frost is also a hallmark of fall, but it is even more so a rite of passage for Casablanca Valley’s early spring. We have lived through almost 20 […]

Vulcán Osorno over Lago Llanquihue by payayita

Over the years our family has had many opportunities to explore Chile – first as kids, later as young adults and now, as parents. Last year we had the good fortune to travel to the country’s three most popular destinations: The Lake District, Patagonia and The Atacama Desert. Our vacations were filled with many memorable adventures, amazing […]

New Kingston Wine Labels

Courtney Kingston is the president of Kingston Family Vineyards. While she usually lives in northern California, this year she, her husband Andy Pflaum, and their three daughters are living in Santiago, Chile. This past year was our 10th vintage at Kingston Family Vineyards.  We’ve been farming in the Casablanca Valley for five generations, and our […]

View from Cerro San Cristobal

Following her graduation from Stanford in the summer of 2012, Eliana Arredondo (Kingston’s Marketing Manager) lived and worked in Chile for 9 months. These are her recommendations for 36 hours in Santiago. A great thing to do when you first arrive in a new city, whether you’re traveling there or settling into living there, is to orient yourself. […]

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