At Kingston Family Vineyards, we blend the best of the Old and New World winemaking as we handcraft small-production lots of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay from our cool climate, hillside vineyards in Casablanca Valley, Chile. While coastal Casablanca is mostly known for its whites, we are pioneering the introduction of cool-climate reds.
We are one of a handful of Chilean vineyards leveraging Californian viticulture and winemaking expertise to uncover the potential of our Chilean terroir. Our experienced team includes our winemaker, Amael Orrego, from Chile and North American consulting winemaker, Byron Kosuge. Byron lives in Napa and has specialized in Pinot Noir for over 25 years.
Kingston Family Vineyards Team
Courtney manages the importing, sales, and marketing for our family's wine business. She graduated from Princeton University, and wrote the business plan to plant pinot noir in the hills of Casablanca while in graduate school at Stanford. Courtney, her husband Andy Pflaum and their 3 daughters typically live near San Francisco, California, although in 2014 they lived in Santiago, Chile, near the family vineyard.
Michael was born and raised on the farm in Casablanca during the 1940's and 50's, where he learned to be an entrepreneur. Michael saved for his college education at Princeton with his start-up pig business, which began with one very pregnant sow and peaked at 1,000 piglets. After retiring from a 38-year international career at Citibank, Michael lives in New Jersey with his wife Louise, traveling back & forth to Chile several times a year.
Amael Orrego joined as the winemaker at Kingston Family in 2015. Amael came to us from Emiliana Organic Vineyards, where he was a winemaker and managed their organic grape suppliers. Amael also spent stints as winemaker and team member at Veramonte and Amayna in Chile, and Quintessa in Napa, CA, and Flowers Vineyard & Winery in Sonoma, CA. He did his viticulture & enology studies at Chile's Pontificia Universidad Católica.
Byron has specialized in California Pinot Noir since 1987, spending 14 years at Saintsbury in Napa before venturing out on his own in 2001. He now consults and makes wine for a handful of small brands, including his own, B Kosuge Wines, Miura Vineyards, and Kingston Family. Byron was trained both as a winemaker and a literary scholar at UCDavis, and laments that he does not have much time to read books these days. He lives in Napa with his wife Mary and daughter Audrey.
Enrique leads the Chilean contingent of the extended Kingston family. He is our gerente general in Chile, and brings over 30 years of experience in Chilean agriculture to our small team. Enrique and his wife, Sally Kingston, met at a Chilean rodeo in the 1970's. Enrique, Sally, their daughters and grandchildren share their time between their homes in Santiago and Casablanca.
Years ago, Barbara traded a career in software development at IBM to join us at our Northern California office. She manages our US import and sales operations, handles all wine orders, and ensures your Kingston wines arrive on your doorstep without a hitch. Barbara lives in Portola Valley with her husband Austen.