King Estate has 1,033 Biodynamic®-certified acres in southwest Eugene at the southern tip of the Willamette Valley AVA. A working farm, King Estate has 465 acres under vine: 143 of Pinot Noir, 314 of Pinot Gris, and the balance in other grapes. Another 26 acres feature orchards, gardens, lavender and bee hives.
The estate has been certified organic since 2002 and was certified by Demeter USA as Biodynamic in 2016, making King Estate the largest Biodynamic vineyard in the U.S. (Biodynamic farms operate as holistic, self-sustaining ecosystems.)
The estate’s location along the 44th parallel is shared by such famous wine-growing regions as Bordeaux, France, and Tuscany, Italy. At an altitude of 740 to 1,200 feet above sea level, and with the west-east canyon formed by the Lorane Valley, the estate’s grapes benefit from long summer days with optimal ripening conditions, and cool evening temperatures moderated by the prevailing Northwest winds that roll in from the Pacific Ocean. Ideal weather conditions are complemented by the site’s slope and the Bellpine and Jory clay-loam soils – rich in iron, well-draining and with excellent moisture retention requiring no additional irrigation.
In 2016 the estate celebrated its 25th anniversary. It is owned and farmed by the King family to this day.