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. He enjoys working in the Monticello Appellation most because he likes the excitement of the region’s growth and being close to Charlottesville. When not at the winery, or with his lovely wife Erin, son Gabin and daughter Tessa, Matthieu likes to play rugby, snow board, rock climb, cook, and drink wine with friends.
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.
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.
Brooke has lived in Crozet for 20 years and joined King Family Vineyards in 2011. A graduate of the University of Virginia with a concentration in social sciences, Brooke has experience in the hospitality industry, the non-profit sector, and has been a small business owner. She uses the skills and knowledge acquired from these trades to provide great customer service and foster teamwork in the winery, where she serves as the General Manager. When away from work, she can be found in the kitchen making cookies with her daughter, Elin.
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.
Naza hails from Ayacucho, Argentina, where he began horseback riding at the age of six, accompanied by his father and brothers. He started learning to groom in 1999 and began playing polo in 2003. Naza’s polo career has allowed him to live and work in many places including Palm Beach, Florida; Santa Barbara, California; Long Island, New York; Aiken, South Carolina; Pilar, Argentina; Christchurch, New Zealand; and of course, Crozet, Virginia. Naza has organized polo here at Roseland Farm for the past five years and is training new polo ponies as well. He has a beautiful seven year old daughter named Josefina. In his free time, he enjoys riding his favorite horse, Savian, or hosting one of his famous barbecues at the farm’s cabin.
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Raised only a few miles north of the winery, Ray has worked on the property that now includes King Family Vineyards for almost 35 years. His complete knowledge of farming in general, and this property in particular, has allowed the Kings to put all of the spraying, mowing, soil maintenance, equipment maintenance, trellis construction and general problem solving into his capable hands. When not on the farm, Ray can be found hunting, fishing, or spending time with his wonderful wife, Frances.
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Tristan was born and raised in Nelson County, Virginia and joined our team in the summer of 2014 shortly after graduating from Nelson County High School. Tristan is an avid hunter and enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. He and his lovely wife Kim have two wonderful twin daughters, Marley & Lila.
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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.