King Family Vineyards

434-823-7800 6550 Roseland Farm
Crozet, VA 22932
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Ellen, from Houston, Texas and David, from Abilene, Texas, met at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas and were married in 1977. Law school and law practice in Houston and a three boy family kept the Kings busy until they moved to Charlottesville. Ellen loves animals, the outdoors and gardening; for the first three years after the vineyard was planted she was in the vineyard virtually every day. David's only obvious positive addictions are horses, flying and watching his boys play lacrosse. Ellen and David now share their time between Charlottesville and Houston. The King's oldest son Carrington graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he played lacrosse for the Terps and obtained a degree in Horticulture Production. Now working full time at King Family Vineyards, Carrington is learning every aspect of the operation both in the vineyard and the winery. Carrington is married to the former Corie Shanks of Danville, Virginia, who graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree Read more »

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  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Petit Verdot

    History of the grape: It is thought Petit Verdot (“little green one”) predates Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, as far...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • King Family Vineyards Loreley 2013

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    Late harvest Petit Manseng dessert wine made in vin de paille "straw wine" style. Floral and tangerine notes. Balanced sweetness. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • King Family Vineyards Petit Verdot 2012

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    Full, lush, and velvety. Aged 22 months in French oak. Woody and plummy notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • King Family Vineyards Meritage 2012

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    Right bank Bordeaux style blend -- 42% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 25% Petit Verdot, and 6% Malbec. Gold Medal Winner in the 2015 Virginia Governor's Cup. Very structured, aged 18 months in French oak. Bright berry notes fade into baking spices and jammier tones. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • King Family Vineyards Crose 2014

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    Light rose of Merlot left on skins less than 2 days. Strawberry and watermelon on nose. Not as tangy as previous vintages. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • King Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2013

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    Full flavor with laser-like focus. Spiced pear notes. Aged 9 months in French oak. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • King Family Vineyards Viognier 2013

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    Very light for a Viognier. Aromatic, floral nose, almost perfumed. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Dude, I went to Holdredge expecting that you would be pouring!  Plus the last time I called you had to work.  Anyway, I passed along your regards (and Mike Talty's) to Carrie. I'll have another two bottles there for you to pick up for me if you ever make it over that way. I love W. Sonoma, it's just so incestuous.Seriously, friends of ours had t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Insert your own size joke here. This past month magazine Hour Detroit published a story about the small network of wine shops in the Detroit area who carry bottles of wine bigger than the standard 750 milliliter containers. The novelty, many of the shop owners said, maintains a certain staying power. “There's just something about a ginormous bot... Read More

    From the article Bigger Is Better: Detroit Magazine Talks With Wineries About Beefy Bottles


  • I’ve been through this so many times before that it becomes rote. The differences between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio. Well, there really aren’t any, when we are referring to the grapes. One is the name in French while the other is the name in Italian. When it comes to the wines though, there remains some distinction, though that is disappearing... Read More

    From the article Time to Ponder Pinot Gris(gio)


  • King Family Vineyards Petit Verdot 2010

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    Lightly fruity nose, lots of raspberry. Silky tannins build to a strong finish full of bright red fruit. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


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