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Brent Stone Named Head Winemaker

Brent Stone

(Eugene, OR) – King Estate Winery CEO and Co-Founder Ed King has announced the promotion of three members of the winemaking team to new key positions: Brent Stone to Head Winemaker; Barrett Rosteck to Associate Winemaker; and Andrew Belzer to Assistant Winemaker.

Stone joined King Estate as the Lab Manager in 2011 and was later promoted to Director of Quality Assurance and Laboratory Operations before being promoted to Winemaker last year. He has more than 15 years of experience in the food industry in quality assurance, quality control, research and development. He began his career as a chemist and managed food laboratories and quality assurance programs for several years in the dairy industry before moving into wine. He received formal training in enology at Washington State University and is currently completing graduate work in agricultural food and life sciences at the University of Arkansas.

Rosteck joined King Estate in 2013 and served as Cellar Master and Assistant Winemaker before being named Associate Winemaker. He has 13 years of experience in winemaking and brewing in New Zealand and Oregon. He studied food and fermentation sciences at Oregon State University.

Belzer joined King Estate in a cellar position right after earning his enology degree from Fresno State in 2014. Most recently he worked as Enologist.

“One of the things that distinguishes King Estate is our deep bench of talent that allows us to promote from within,” says Ray Nuclo, Director of Viticulture and Winery Operations. “This is an exceptional team, and I can’t wait to see the wines they produce.”

About King Estate: King Estate is located southwest of Eugene, Ore., at the southern tip of the Willamette Valley. Founded in 1991 by the King family, King Estate is committed to producing wines of exceptional quality under sustainable farming methods. In 2016 it was certified Biodynamic® by Demeter USA. King Estate produces world-class Oregon Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, and wines from the inland growing regions of Oregon and Washington under its North by Northwest label. To this day, King Estate is owned and operated by the King family.

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