Courtney Kingston and Princeton in Latin America

Jackson Hole Wine Dinner

Over the years we've hosted winemaker dinners at the Amangani - among the top hotels in the west according to Condé Nast - and this year we're looking forward to pouring our wines alongside gourmet versions of classic Chilean dishes. Please join us on February 2nd at the Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Reservations at

Courtney Kingston and Princeton in Latin America

PLAS as a Kingston Tradition

While studying at Princeton University, Courtney pursued a certificate in Latin American Studies, learning all she could about Chile and the region. Twenty years later, Princeton University Program in Latin American Studies followed up with her to see how her major changed her career path. More ››

Patricio Tapia Sauvignon Blanc

El sauvignon blanc está hot

South America's most respected wine critic, Patricio Tapia rated our unreleased 2017 Cariblanco as one of the best nine Sauvignon Blancs in Chile for 2017. More (in Spanish) ››

Courtney Kingston In Menlo

Courtney Kingston is fifth generation steward of family farm in Chile

Courtney was recently featured by Menlo Park magazine, In Menlo and talks about being a steward of the family Farm and doing it partly remotely from the Kingston Family Vineyards U.S. Headquarters in Portola Valley, California. More ››

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Descorchados 2018

95 points, 2016 Alazan Pinot Noir (Vino Revelación)

95 points, 2016 Sabino Chardonnay

95 points, 2016 CJ's Barrel Sauvignon Blanc

93 points, 2016 Tobiano Pinot Noir

93 points, 2017 Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc

92 points, 2015 Bayo Oscuro Syrah

91 points, 2015 Lucero Syrah

90 points, 2017 Rosé

Chilean Pinot Noir

Beware, World, Pinot Noir Is On Its Way

Early in October, along with several prominent Chilean winemakers, we spoke at a presentation on Chilean Pinot Noir in in New York City. Attended by several journalists and wine writers we made our predictions for a bright future for Chilean Pinot Noir. More ››

Palm Drive for Vintage Sixteen

Vintage Sixteen Documentary Feature

Last year, filmmaker Dan James visited to capture the post-harvest winemaking process at the winery. Combining the footage filmed here with what he had from other southern hemisphere wineries, he created the documentary Vintage Sixteen. You can see us in the film which is now available for purchase on Vimeo. More ››

Team for Old Corral Club Backyard Party

Old Corral Club Backyard Party 2017

In early September we held a gathering in Courtney's backyard for our Old Corral Club members to taste our latest wines alongside a few B. Kosuge wines made by our consulting winemaker, Byron Kosuge.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017

For the fourth year in a row we've been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Thank you to our entire team and to the guests who have visited us over the years for making this happen and continuing to spread the word about our small family winery.

Ski Portillo Make a Wish Foundation

Celebrating el 16 de septiembre

In celebration of Chile's national holiday, we donated a case of our wine to Ski Portillo's September 18th fundraiser for Amigos del Municipal, which gives scholarships to talented, young, Chilean musicians to continue their studies through university. A second case went to their fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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A New Look for our Blog

Our blog (and our website if you haven't seen it in a while) got a facelift! Our posts are all still there but we've updated our design. Please have a look and let us know what you think. More ››

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Kingston Family Vineyards Revisited

Ten years ago, for an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, we visited wine writer Tim Teichgraeber to tell him about what we were up to in Casablanca. Ten years later we met with him again to talk about what has changed and how our wines have evolved. Read more ››

Courtney Kingston and the Boost Podcast

Courtney Kingston on the Boost Podcast

Courtney recently appeared on Mosaic Growth Partner's Boost Podcast sharing her story about founding the winery and some of the personal challenges she's had to overcome throughout the process. Listen here ››

Kingston Family Vineyards and Pulitzer Center

Social Responsibility in a Changing Climate

We were recently featured in a Pulitzer center piece on climate change in Chile. Our guide, Ben, spoke to them about the impact we're seeing, one of the many reasons why we've decided to go organic.(June 2017) More ››

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Wine & Spirits

90 points, 2015 CJ's Barrel Pinot Noir (June 2017)

Chilean Corral Club Barbeque

Chilean Club Corral Barbeque

Our Chilean Corral Club members joined us at the winery for a club-only barbecue and private wine tasting with our winemaker, Amael Orrego. (June 2017)

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James Suckling

94 points, 2015 Bayo Oscuro Syrah (Top 100 Wines of the Andes)

92 points, 2016 Alazan Pinot Noir

91 points, 2015 Lucero Syrah (June 2017)

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Courtney Kingston with Ben Culver

We're Going Organic!

Our vineyards are going organic! To explain a bit more about what that means, and what the process is, our organic assistant and guide, Ben has written this blog post and started a video series, featuring Courtney and Amael, called Charla con Benja. More ››

Wine Enthusiast's Editor's Choice

Wine Enthusiast

In their June issue, Wine Enthusiast named our 2015 Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc an Editor's Choice awarding it 91 points saying, “One of Chile’s go-to producers of Sauvignon Blanc has bottled a winner." They also awarded our 2014 Lucero Syrah, 91 points and featured it in their special section on Chile. (June 2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

91 points, 2015 Bayo Oscuro Syrah

92 points, 2016 Alazan Pinot Noir (May 2017)

Wine Enthusiast Editor's Choice

Wine Enthusiast Editor's Choice

In their November issue, Wine Enthusiast named our 2015 Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc an Editor's Choice awarding it 91 points saying, “One of Chile’s go-to producers of Sauvignon Blanc has bottled a winner." They also awarded our 2014 Lucero Syrah 91 points and featured it in their special section on Chile. More ››

Old Corral Club Backyard Party

Old Corral Club Backyard Party

Courtney Kingston recently hosted a group of California Old Corral Club members at her house for a tasting of our 2015 pinot noirs and 2015 chardonnay, with our winemaker, Amael Orrego, who was visiting from Chile.

Wine and Spirits Top 100 Best Buys

2016 Top 100 Best Buys

In the October issue of Wine & Spirits our 2013 Lucero Syrah was awarded 93 points and featured on their list of Top 100 Best Buys of 2016.

Ski Portillo Après-Ski

Ski Portillo's Après-Ski Event

On March 19, we poured our wines at Ski Portillo's après-ski party at Teton Mountain Lodge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We are looking forward a follow up event with them in Portillo, Chile in August.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

90 points, 2014 Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc

90 points, 2013 Lucero Syrah (January 2016)


Descorchados 2016

Four of our wines recently received ratings of 90 points or more from Descorchados.

94 points, 2013 Alazan Pinot Noir
93 points, 2014 Sabino Chardonnay

Pairing Tri-Tip Steak with Lucero Syrah

The August issue of Food & Wine magazine recommended pairing our 2013 Lucero Syrah with their Tri-Tip Steak with Grilled Scallion, Ginger and Cilantro Relish. Yum! (August 2015) More ››

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94 points, 2013 Alazan Pinot Noir
92 points, 2013 Tobiano Pinot Noir
92 points, 2013 Lucero Syrah
90 points, 2014 Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc
90 points, 2013 Sabino Chardonnay (July 2015)
Kitchen Table Bistro

Kingston Wine Dinner, Kitchen Table Bistro (Richmond, VT)

On Wednesday, July 22nd, Courtney Kingston will be hosting a dinner featuring Kingston Family wines at the Kitchen Table Bistro in Richmond, VT (near Burlington). (July 2015)

Museum of the Rockies Culinary Classic

Wine & Culinary Classic, Museum of the Rockies (Bozeman, MT)

On Saturday July 11, 5:30-10pm, Courtney Kingston will be pouring our wines at the Wine & Culinary Classic a fundraiser for the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. (July 2015)

Tasting in Vancouver

Kingston Tasting Event (Vancouver, B.C.)

On Wednesday, June 24, 5 to 7pm, Courtney Kingston will be pouring Kingston Family wines at a tasting at Marquis Wine Cellars in Vancouver, British Columbia. Please join us to enjoy our Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc, Alazan Pinot Noir and Lucero Syrah.

Wine Bar War Chile

2nd Annual Wine Bar War (Miami, FL)

On Thursday, June 18th in Miami, FL, Kingston Family wines will be featured in the 2nd Annual Wine Bar War, organized by Wines of Chile. This event features 4 teams of star sommeliers, each with a short amount of time to build a wine bar, competing for free trips to Chile. (June 2015)

TasteVin Father's Day

Father's Day Saturday tasting, TasteVin (San Carlos,CA)

On Saturday, June 20, Andy Pflaum will be pouring our wines at TasteVin wine & cheese bar in San Carlos, CA. Please join us to enjoy our Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc, Alazan Pinot Noir and Lucero Syrah.

Tasting in South Pasadena

Kingston Wine Tasting (South Pasadena, CA)

On Wednesday, June 3rd from 3-6pm, Kingston Family's Andy Pflaum will be pouring our wines at Mission Wines in South Pasadena, CA. (June 2015)

Extraordinary Wine Tasting

Extraordinary Wine Tasting (Bozeman, MT)

Kingston Family Vineyards' Andy Pflaum will be pouring our wines at the Extraordinary Wine Tasting event on Tuesday, May 12th in Bozeman, MT. (May 2015)

Courtney Kingston at the WOPN

The World of Pinot Noir

In March, Courtney was invited to speak on a panel hosted by Jancis Robinson at the World of Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara. Vinography later published this post on the event praising our 2011 Alazan. (March 2015)

Three Perfect Days in Santiago

Three Perfect Days: Santiago

United Airlines magazine, Hemispheres, recently wrote a feature on Santiago but also made a stop at Kingston, praising our Bayo Oscuro Syrah and Pinot Noir. (December 2014) More ››

Descorchados 2015

Descorchados 2015

94 points, 2013 Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc
94 points, 2012 Bayo Oscuro Syrah
91 points, 2013 Alazan Pinot Noir
90 points, 2013 Tobiano Pinot Noir
90 points, 2012 Lucero Syrah
90 points, 2013 Sabino Chardonnay (November 2014)

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Wine Enthusiast

90 points, 2012 Alazan CJ's Barrel Pinot Noir (November 2014)

MOVI Night in Santiago

MOVI Night in Santiago

We had a great time pouring our wines alongside our fellow MOVI members at the second annual MOVI Night in Santiago. Packed with great wine, food and entertainment, we can't wait for the next one! (November 2014)

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Wine Spectator

92 points, 2012 CJ's Barrel Syrah

90 points, 2012 Bayo Oscuro Syrah

90 points, 2013 Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc (October 2014)

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Highly Recommended (Silver Medal), 2012 Bayo Oscuro Syrah

Recommended (Bronze Medal), 2012 Lucero Syrah (October 2014)

Private Clubs Magazine

Two Don't-Miss Chilean Wineries

Private Clubs Magazine recently named Kingston one of their two "don't miss" wineries in Chile, calling our pinot noir "exceptional". (September 2014)

James Sucking

92 points, 2012 Bayo Oscuro Syrah 92 points, 2010 Lucero Syrah 90 points, 2012 Sabino Chardonnay 90 points, 2012 Tobiano Pinot Noir 90 points, 2012 Lucero Syrah (August 2014)

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90 points, 2013 Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc (August 2014)

MOVI and the Renewal of Chile

MOVI and the Renewal of Chile

Wine reviewer and James Beard-award-winning writer, Lyn Farmer, recently sat down with MOVI and reviewed one wine from each member. He also included a nice review of our 2011 Alazan. More ››

James Suckling Chile's Breathtaking Diversity

Tasting Report: Chile's Breathtaking Diversity

James Sucking's August tasting report, praised Chilean winemaking groups like MOVI for their efforts to diversify Chile's wines. Included was a 92 point rating for our 2012 Bayo Oscuro. (August 2014)

The Kingston boys in Casablanca Chile

The Kingston Dynasty

The Holderness School Alumni Magazine wrote an excellent article on the three Kingston brothers, (including Michael Kingston) who grew up on The Farm in Casablanca, Chile. (Summer 2014) More ››

James Suckling Chile's Wine Revolution

Chile's Soulful Wine Revolution

Wine critic, James Suckling, awarded 92 points to our 2010 Lucero Syrah following his visit to Chile last week where he expressed his excitment for the "soulful wines" of Casablanca. (June 2014)

Valparaíso fires

Support for Valparaíso

Following April's devastating fire in Valparaíso we're glad to donate cases of our wine to be used at fundraising events organized by the Chilean Consulate in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (May 2014) More ››

Wine Spectator New Chile

The New Chile

In the past year, Wine Spectator has tasted over 350 Chilean wines, among them our 2012 Sabino. In his recent report on the country, Kim Marcus calls it the best Chardonnay in Chile. (May 2014)

In Vitis Magazine Courtney Kingston

El afterhour de MOVI

In Vitis Magazine's wonderful piece on MOVI, Courtney Kingston affirms the role the organization has played in her life, finally giving Kingston a voice among the giants of Chilean wine. (April 2014) More ››

Kim Marcus Impressive Reds in Chile

11 Impressive Reds in Chile

Following his recent trip to Chile, after a 22 year absence, Wine Spectator Managing Editor, Kim Marcus, named our 2012 Tobiano to his list of 11 Impressive Reds in Chile (February 2014)

Stephen Tanzer Focus on Chile

Focus on Chile

Stephen Tanzer's article on the increasing quality of Chilean wine included four Kingston wines awarded 90+ points, our 2011 Alazan, 2011 Tobiano, 2011 Cariblanco, and 2010 Lucero (February 2014)

Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2013

Top 100 Wines of 2013

Following its Editors' Choice award in September, our 2012 Cariblanco was named one of Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines of 2013. (December 2013) More ››

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Descorchados 2014

94 points, 2011 Lucero Syrah

94 points, 2012 Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc (December 2013)

Decanter Magazine Courtney Kingston

All for Play

Decanter magazine talked to Courtney Kingston about her experience as one of the first to plant red wine grapes in the Casablanca Valley and how she captured others notice. (October 2013)

Mundo Agro with MOVI

Fuera de todos los esquemas

Chilean magazine, Mundo Agro, interviewed our assistant winemaker, Alejandra Farfán, for a spread on Kingston, MOVI and artisan winemaking. (September 2013)

Kingston Family in Fodor's Travel

Guide to Chile's Flourishing Wine Country

Fodor's Travel Guide included Kingston in their "Guide to Chile's Flourishing Wine Country" where we were among just three wineries mentioned as "standouts" in the region. (September 2013) More ››

Wine Enthusiast Editor's Choice

Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide

Our 2012 Cariblanco earned 91 pts and was selected as Editors' Choice for over delivering on its price "by a factor of 2 or 3 times" in Wine Enthusiast's buying guide. (September 2013)

Ann Street Studio at Kingston Family

Casablanca Valley

During her visit to Kingston, photographer Jamie Beck, managed to capture some stunning shots which she posted and wrote about in her blog, Ann Street Studio. (September 2013) More ››

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Santiago and the Sea

In Patricio Tapia's feature in Wine & Spirits, he declared our Sauvignon Blanc one of the "best whites coming from Las Dichas", our little area of Casablanca. (August 2013)

We joined MOVI

MOVI, Independent Vintners Unite

We've recently joined the Movement of Independent Vintners, a group of garagist winemakers in Chile who have teamed up to promote handcrafted Chilean wine both in Chile and abroad. (June 2013)

Wine Spectator Harvest report

Harvest Report 2013: Chile and Argentina

Wine Spectator's 2013 Harvest Report on Chile and Argentina, featured quotes from winemaker, Byron Kosuge. and a picture by our friend and photographer, Elisabeth Calmes. (June 2013) More ››

Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting

Wine & Spirits Top of the List Tasting

As one of the top restaurant wines in the US, according to Wine & Spirits annual survey of Zagat-rated restaurant sommeliers, we were invited to pour our wines at their Top of the List tasting in NYC. (May 2013)

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Wine Spectator

91 points, 2010 Sabino Chardonnay
91 points, 2011 Alazan Pinot Noir
90 points, 2011 Alazan CJ’s Barrel Pinot Noir (May 2013)

Wine & Spirits Most Popular Chilean Wine

Taste of 2012: Most Popular Chilean Wine

In Wine & Spirits Taste of 2012, Kingston wines were voted the most popular Chilean wines by sommeliers from top Zagat-rated restaurants. (April 2013)

Butterfield & Robinson at Kingston Family

Butterfield & Robinson comes to Kingston

One of Britain's best-known travel companies, Butterfield and Robinson, will begin offering their Chile Biking trip in 2014 and feature a tasting and tour at Kingston Family Vineyards. (March 2013)

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Sommelier's Choice 2012

Voted by a panel of top sommeliers, Sommelier Journal named our 2009 Lucero Syrah the winner in the Rhône and Southern French Reds category. (January 2013)

Wine Spectator Editor's Choice

Editor's Choice 2013

Kingston Family Vineyards was selected as a Wine Spectator Editor's Choice receiving such praise as "a perennial top producer of pinot noir" which also "excels in Syrah". (January 2013)

Wine Spectator Outstanding Values

Top 100 Outstanding Values in 2012

Our 2010 Lucero Syrah (90pts) was chosen as one of the Top 100 Outstanding Values in 2012 by Wine Spectator. (December 2012)

Southbay & Ventura Blvd Magazine

Palette of Pinots

Southbay Magazine and Ventura Blvd Magazine featured our 2008 Alazan alongside pinots from Failla in California's Russian River Valley and La Farge in Burgundy, France. (December 2012)

Wine Guy Mike Radio show

On the Radio with Wine Guy Mike

Courtney talks to Wine Guy Mike about the Kingston family and Chilean wine while doing an on-air tasting of our wines and giving food pairing suggestions. (September 2012)

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

91 points, 2009 Bayo Oscuro Syrah
91 points, 2008 Bayo Oscuro CJ’s Barrel Syrah
91 points, 2011 Alazan CJ's Barrel Pinot Noir
90 points, 2010 Alazan Pinot Noir (May 2012)

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Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

90 points, 2008 Bayo Oscuro Syrah: "an enticing nose of smoke, bacon, lavender & blueberry that jumps from the glass.” (March 2012)

Wine Enthusiast Top South American Wines

Top 100 South American Wines of 2011

Our 2010 Cariblanco was awarded 90 points and chosen as one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 South American Wines for 2011. (December 2011) More ››

Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries

Winery of the Year

Kingston Family Vineyards was chosen as one of the Top 100 Wineries of the Year for 2011 by Wine & Spirits magazine. (October 2011)

Vosges Partners with Kingston wines

Vosges Haut-Chocolat features Kingston wines

Vosges Haut-Chocolat, a Chicago-based company founded by chocolate innovator Katrina Markoff, is now pairing our Lucero Syrah with their exotic Aztec Truffle Collection available on their website. (August 2011)

James Beard Dinnner

James Beard Dinner

In April 2011, Courtney Kingston was invited to host a James Beard Dinner in his Greenwich Village townhouse in NYC and pour our Alazan and Bayo Oscuro. (July 2011)

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Behind the Wine: Courtney Kingston and Kingston Family's Vineyards

K&L Wines interviews Courtney about Kingston Family Vineyards and the effect which the emergence of the global economy has had on the wine business in Chile as a whole. (June 2011) More ››

Donation to Worldfund

Worldfund Dinner

Kingston Family Vineyards applauds Worldfund's committment to use education to fight poverty in Latin America through our donation of wine to their fundraising dinner. (June 2011)

Winemaker dinner at Amangani

Amangani Winemaker Dinner

Over the years we've had the privilege of collaborating with the Amangani Grill Chef Rick Sordahl, for many Kingston Family winemaker dinners at the exclusive Amangani Resort in Jackson Hole, WY. (April 2011)

Stanford Business Magazine

Days of Wine and Cows

The Stanford Business Magazine spoke to Courtney (Class of '97) about her family winery which involves even the Farm's cows and horses as the vineyards go organic. (November 2009)

The Almanac

Finding the Gold

The Almanac chronicles how the Kingstons transformed their great-grandfather's cattle ranch into a wine grape business and made the decision to produce their own wine. (June 2009) More ››

Bon Appetit Sauvignon Blanc

The Sipping News / Sauvignon Blanc

Bon Appetit chose our Sauvignon Blanc as one of its top five favorites for the summer among others from France, California and New Zealand. (August 2008)

Wine & Spirits Against the Wind

Against the Wind

In Wine & Spirits article on Syrah, our Chilean winemaker, Evelyn Vidal, is interviewed about the difficulty of ripening Syrah so close to the sea. (February 2008)

San Francisco Chronicle

Chile's Pinot Prospectors

The San Francisco Chronicle talks about Kingston's effort to make "world-class Pinot Noirs" and other wines, meanwhile "teaching Chilean winemakers to do it themselves". (August 2007) More ››

Winemaker talk with Byron Kosuge

Winemaker Talk: Byron Kosuge

Wine Spectator interviews our consulting winemaker, Byron Kosuge, about how came to be a Pinot Noir pioneer in both California and Chile. (February 2007) More ››