"If we get it right in the vineyard, we'll get it right in the bottle."
--Darin Ingram - Winemaker
Winemaker Darin Ingram was born in Hayward, CA. Soon after his birth the family moved to Napa where they lived until moving to Oregon in 1976. The family relocated to Father David Ingram's childhood farm to enlist the 3rd generation in the agriculture way of life. It may have been something in the Napa air or in the water that influenced Darin, however, it took another 25 years before he ventured down the path of winemaker. While completing his undergraduate studies he discovered his passion for making wine through volunteer labor at other wineries in the Willamette Valley.
Darin now has 10 vintages under his belt working in the North Willamette Valley AVA. His focus is based upon a, less is more philosophy, while endeavoring to highlight the natural expression of the fruit, micro-climate and soil. To achieve this Darin continues to have an immersed, hands on approach in the vineyard. This technique affords him greater control over the fruit that enters the winery. "This is the key to making great wine." he said.
Making great wines from Darin's perspective requires a lot of patience. The quality of the grapes received in the winery, in contrast to the hands on vineyard management, determines how much attention the winemaking process will need. "We are so lucky to have the most desired soil type in the state: Jory Soils." Darin said. Matching the top tier French - Dijon Clone 114 Pinot Noir with the best soils has proven to be a success with the King's Raven Pinot Noirs. Because of this highly sought after combination Darin can focus his winemaking style on the true expression of the vineyard.
Take a look at our upcoming events calendar. You might find Darin working many of the events. Stop by and say hello.