Category Winemaking techniques

Kingston Family Vineyards-Amael in the winery

Meet Our New Winemaker: Amael Orrego

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 […]

Courtney in the first days at the vineyard after her move.

My Chile

First in a series of posts by Courtney Kingston (President, Kingston Family Vineyards) about her year in Chile. I write from a flight to Chile, embarking on a new adventure. For the past 10+ years, I’ve been traveling to our family’s vineyard in Casablanca four to five times per year from the San Francisco Bay […]

Winemaker, Evelyn Vidal, working directly on the sorting tables.

Cuatro x Cuatro

Our family began the quest to make artisan, sustainable wines from Chile’s Casablanca Valley almost twenty years ago. At the time, Chile’s forte was producing large volumes of wine at very affordable prices.  Our dream at Kingston was not to make large volumes of wine, but instead to produce artisan wines from one place—our family’s […]

The high hills of Kingston Family Vineyards

Rain and Dr. Dirt

When we planted our first rows of pinot noir and syrah in the far hills of our family’s ranch in the mid-1990’s, we were building upon Chile’s long history of winemaking beginning with the Spaniards’ arrival in 15th century.  But much of what we decided to do in Casablanca Valley’s western hills was entirely new.   […]

Eggs Picture

Eggs, eggs and more eggs

We have lots of eggs on our family’s farm in the Casablanca Valley, but not any (yet) at the winery.  We are accustomed to the fresh kind, that our chickens lay behind the casa patronal, so we can enjoy huevos del campo for breakfast. But the eggs that our winemakers are intrigued by are a […]