Category Winemaking

Our cellar master, Manu, inside the press cleaning out the skins from our freshly pressed Sauvignon Blanc

Our Best Vintage Yet: Patience Pays Off

As I write this post, Byron and I are flying south to join Amael and our crew for the 2017 harvest. This is Byron’s and my fifteenth vintage making handcrafted wines on our family’s century-old farm in Chile’s Casablanca Valley. It’s striking (and humbling) to look back and realize how far we’ve come. Fifteen years […]

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 […]

Kingston Family Vineyards-Sun and Mountains

The Frost Blanket (and our new wines!)

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 […]

A New Look for 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 […]

Our 2014 Spring Release is here!

Dear Friends, Early this morning, I went for a walk in Las Condes, our new neighborhood in Santiago. Our late summer mornings here are beautifully brisk and quiet. It’s my favorite time of day to explore, and reminds me of walks I took at daybreak through the hills of San Francisco when I first moved to California 22 years ago. My […]

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 […]

Spotlight on Pilar

At Kingston we’re fortunate to have a small team, many of whom have worked on our vineyard or our farm for years if not decades.   In many ways, everyone feels like an extended member of the Kingston family—some with stories that go back generations in Casablanca, and others who have called our small corner of Chile home […]