THE KINGSTON ESTATE FAMILY STORY
As a proud Australian family-owned winery, our story so far has its fair share of tradition. Sarantos and Constantina Moularadellis emmigrated from Greece separately and met while picking vines in Australia's Riverland region. They soon were married and had children.
And so back in the 1950's, began an Australian wine dynasty lead by Sarantos and Constantina Moularadellis, where family means everything. And for the family that means we never stop striving, learning, pioneering, and aiming to consistently produce the best quality wines for Australians and the wine loving world.
FAMILY MEANS PASSION
Being a family winery, passion runs through our veins and hard work is given, as we continually strive to nurture our traditions and uphold our reputation for quality and continued improvement, which goes back to the 1960's, when we were first recognised for growing quality fruit.
The offical birth of Kingston Estate was in 1985 when eldest son Bill gained his Oenology degree and we crushed our first commercial vintage. Soon after we started to export our wines and select growers to supply additional premium fruit for further improvement.
Bill's foresight, innate ability to innovate and his strength of character has continued to drive Kingston Estate Wines to produce better and better wines each and every vintage. We continue to expand our fruit sourcing horizons to include cooler climate South Australian regions and to focus on varietal blend options and style development. Every Kingston Estate wine we make must reflect South Australian's best regional qualities.
While the roots of Kingston Estate's family history run very deep in South Australia's Riverland region, we apply our unique family passion to ensure every Kingston Estate wine we produce reflects South Australian's best regional qualities.
That means we strive to secure long-term fruit supply contracts from South Australia's premium grape growing regions to ensure we can achieve those wonderful regional flavours and styles.
Our Echelon range of wines showcases the pinnacle of our wine making from each vintage. Winemaker Bill Moularadellis aims high to make the best possible wines the family's skills and fruit deserve. So he chooses only the finest parcels from each vintage - fruit that displays exceptional vibrancy and intensity of flavour to craft Echelon wines.
For our Kingston Estate range of wines, for each vintage we source fruit from the two South Australian wine regions that best display the true essence of each varietal. Then we apply our unending passion and generations of winemaking knowledge to produce the generously flavoured wines that Kingston Estate Wines have become renowned for.
In the late 1990's with his unending family pioneering spirit, Bill Moularadellis looked to the future, planting new varieties suited to the Riverland's warm climate including Merlot (now hugely popular in Australia), and planting Australia's largest single planting of Petit Verdot.
Bill's foresight and resolve, when many in the wine industry doubted his vision, was rewarded when Petit Verdot emerged as the 'next big thing' and his 2002 Kingston Echelon Petit Verdot was awarded top gold at the 2003 Royal Melbourne Show.
The awards and accolades continue as the 2008 Kingston Estate Petit Verdot struck Gold at the 2009 San Francisco International Wine Show and Silver at the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards.
Originating from Europe, this variety's name means "little green one", highlighting its need for the warmer climate to ripen it to perfection. The Riverlands warm Mediterranean climate is gaining a reputation as the signature growing region for Australian Petit Verdot.
Click on the video below to learn more about Kingston Estate Wines and Petit Verdot from Senior Winemaker, Brett Duffin.