(Eugene, OR) – Justin King has been named National Sales Manager for King Estate Winery. King joined the winery sales team in 2011, based initially in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he served as Northeast Area Manager. In 2015 King returned to Eugene to become Oregon State Manager as well as to continue to represent the winery nationally and internationally in Japan and Europe.
King is a third-generation member of the family that has owned and operated King Estate since 1991. In addition to assuming responsibility for distributor relations, King will lead a nine-person national sales force. He is also exploring the winemaking side of the business, producing a limited amount of Biodynamic Pinot Noir from the 2016 vintage that will be available only in the King Estate Restaurant and to wine club members.
Before joining his family’s wine business, King, who is a professional fingerstyle acoustic guitarist known for pioneering the percussive tapping style, founded and operated Vinegar Hill Sound, a recording studio in Brooklyn. In the late 2000s he worked as a photojournalist in places such as Iraq and Haiti. An active community volunteer, King serves on the boards of the Oregon Environmental Council, Square One Villages and FOOD for Lane County.
About King Estate: Founded in 1991 by the King family, King Estate is located southwest of Eugene, Ore., at the southern tip of the Willamette Valley. King Estate is committed to producing wines of exceptional quality under sustainable farming methods and is 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.