Matthieu was born in Crozes Hermitage in the Rhone Valley of France. Coming from a family of viticulturists and wine lovers, Matthieu was predisposed to continue his family’s pursuit of making and enjoying wine. He first studied viticulture and oenology at Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy. After graduating in 1995, Matthieu worked in many different wine regions around France including Rhone Valley, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Provence, and Jura. He then worked in Italy and South Africa to gain experience around the world before settling in Virginia. Since arriving in 2003, Matthieu has worked with wineries throughout the state and, more recently, is a founding member of the Winemakers’ Research Exchange and Board Member of the Monticello Wine Trail. He enjoys being active the local winemaking community and challenging his skills through experimental design at King Family, working with different terroir at Turk Mountain Vineyards, which he currently manages, and partnering with his brother to establish and expand Domaine Finot in two regions in France. Matthieu enjoys skiing, entertaining, home renovating, traveling, and cooking together with wife Erin, son Gabin, and daughter Tessa.
BJ’s journey through wine was born in 2016 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where he begun working harvest at a family friend’s winery. Since, he’s worked several harvests in Maryland, New Zealand, and Washington state. As an East Coast native, BJ returned home to hitch his wagon to the Monticello AVA’s surging wine growth and to be closer to family. BJ graduated from Washington College in 2016 with degrees in Business Administration & Creative Writing and is currently enrolled in Washington State University’s oenology program. In his spare time BJ is an avid sportsman who is always up for travel, scuba diving, picking banjo, and a good cocktail.
Connor is a 5th generation family member in the wine industry. As a child growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, Connor loved to wander around the vineyards munching on grapes before harvest. By 2012, Connor and his family immigrated to San Diego, California where he earned a degree in Business Management and Marketing and soon after began to pursue his passion in wine. He began furthering his studies in oenology in Santa Rosa, California before seeking out his first harvest at King Family Vineyards as an intern in 2020 and then continuing on full-time. Connor coached sailing for six years, but now you can find him playing tennis or travelling in his time away from wine.
With a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a B.S. and M.S. in horticulture from Virginia Tech, Chris started his grape growing career at Glendower Vineyard in Scottsville, Virginia in 1981. A consultant to a wide range of clients since 1993, Chris’ easygoing manner masks an encyclopedic knowledge of the vagaries of viticulture in Virginia. A champion of the Smart- Dyson trellis system, Chris has seen it all and was instrumental in the site selection and varieties chosen for the King Family Vineyards. Chris continues to accept the Kings’ late night pleas for help with the spray program in good humor. Chris is married to Kathy Jaquette, has a son named Ryan and four busy grandchildren. When he has a rare day off, he can sometimes be found fishing in White’s Pond on Roseland Farm.
A 2010 graduate of the University of Virginia, Matthew first joined King Family Vineyards as a member of the staff in February of 2011 and he now calls Crozet “home.” In his time here, he has worked in the vineyard and winery, as well as in the tasting room and office. He holds a Diploma in Wines & Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is currently enrolled as a student of the Institute of Masters of Wine which, like the WSET, is based in London. When he’s not cramming for his next wine exam, Matthew finds time for fresh air, playing fiddle, or cooking a good meal.
Amanda grew up in Crozet, Virginia, and returned to the area after graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2013. Prior to joining the team at King Family Vineyards, she spent 5 years in luxury hotel management in the Charlottesville area cultivating her love for hospitality. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, her husband Michael, and adorable goldendoodle Bivi. Amanda can often be found exploring a new restaurant, winery, or reading a great novel on her front porch.
Connor grew up an hour and a half north of King Family Vineyards in Culpeper, Virginia. A former professional polo player, Connor was introduced to the vineyard after being invited to drive down and play in the Sunday polo matches. He quickly fell in love with the area and has been playing polo at Roseland Polo Club over the last three summers. He graduated in 2018 from the University of South Carolina Aiken where he received a degree in Business Administration with a focus in accounting. When not playing polo, crunching numbers or riding a horse, Connor enjoys hunting, spending time with family, and playing with his black lab Lola.
Tasting Room Coordinator
Amanda joined the King Family Vineyards team in 2019 after relocating to Virginia from her hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She can be found greeting guests behind the bar, or hard at work behind the scenes running the show in our Tasting Room. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors, reading, or sipping wine. She and her husband Brent live in Charlottesville with their four children and rescue dog, Wills.
Farm & Vineyard Staff
Jeff was born and raised in Nelson County, Virginia just down the road from King Family Vineyards. After attending Nelson County High School, Jeff worked for Nelson County before joining the King Family Vineyards team in the spring of 2019. Jeff is happily married to his wife, Sylvana Campbell, and they have two children and two grandchildren. In his free time, Jeff enjoys hunting, fishing and grilling out with friends.
Farm & Vineyard Staff
Chris was born and raised right here in Crozet, Virginia. He graduated from Western Albemarle High School in 2016 where he lettered four years on the varsity baseball team. Chris loves sports, spending time with his family and all outdoor related activities.