Interview

This interview is with Ed King, of King Estate. In this interview, Ed discusses how he got into wine, and the challenges that came with running the business. He then goes on to talk about the importance of organic and biodynamic farming at King Estate, projects like the Oregon Solidarity Project, and what makes Oregon unique with its collaborative spirit. Towards the end of the interview, Ed talks about his experience with being in a family business, and what he sees for the future of the Oregon Wine Industry.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at King Estate on June 13, 2019.


Interview

This interview is with Justin, Taylor and Joe King of King Estate. In this interview, the brothers speak about why they chose the family business and how their passions and talents have forged their roles at King Estate. They then go on to talk about their various projects they’ve been a part of, such as the Oregon Solidarity Project. As the interview continues, they discuss the upcoming challenges within the future, and how they will remain focused on authenticity through the King Estate Brand. Towards the end of the interview, the brothers speak about the future for King Estate, as well as for the Oregon Wine Industry as a whole.

This interview was conducted by Rachael Woody at King Estate on June 13, 2019.


Interview

This interview is with Ray Nuclo of King Estate. In this interview, Ray answers the question “why grapes?” and talks about how he got into viticulture due to his commitment to sustainability within the industry. He then goes on to speak about challenges with being biodynamic at King Estate, his various responsibilities on and offsite, and a typical day during the growing season. Ray then goes on to talk about what he wants his grapes to express when made into King Estate wine, what he sees for the future, changes in the viticultural part of the industry, and advice to someone wanting enter the Oregon Wine Industry today.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at King Estate on June 13, 2019.


Interview

This interview is with Andrew Belzer of King Estate. In this interview, Andrew talks about how he got into the wine industry due to his family having a large appreciation for wine and his passion for chemistry. He then details why he chose Fresno State, how he ended up at King Estate, and his winemaking philosophy of a blend of both art and science. Further into the interview, he speaks about the challenges and opportunities of being a young, successful winemaker, a typical day at King Estate, advice he’d give to someone looking to enter the production side of the industry, and where he sees himself in the future. On the note of future, Andrew talks about where he sees King Estate’s future heading, as well as the future for wine Industry as a whole.

This interview was conducted by Rachael Woody at King Estate on June 13, 2019.


Interview

This interview is with Brent Stone of King Estate. In this interview, Brent talks about how he got into the wine industry after first being involved in the dairy/ice cream industry. He talks about how he started with wine through the “University of King Estate,” and later transitioned to winemaking. Brent describes the similarities/differences in packaging for ice cream vs. wine, recent production growth, and his time at King Estate thus far. Brent loves how advantageous having a big team is– everything is done by committee and that is very beneficial to its vision. He also talks about his new hybrid role at King Estate, talks about his winemaking philosophy of being rooted in sustainability, a typical day on the job, and the role of King Estate in the Oregon Wine Industry. Towards the end of the interview, Brent touches on changes he’s seen to the industry, what he sees for its future, thoughts on the Oregon Solidarity Project, his hopes for the future, and offers advice to someone wanting to enter the industry today.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at King Estate on July 29, 2019.