Support the Restaurant at King Estate Winery and Local Farmers
My family’s winery has been involved in a lengthy and ongoing appeal process to maintain the special use permit that allows us to operate the restaurant on our property. With so much uncertainty, we have decided to seek a permanent solution for our winery and other landmark wineries through House Bill 3280 and Senate Bill 829, sponsored by our local representatives, Rep. Paul Holvey and Sen. Floyd Prozanski.
Our restaurant features organic produce grown right here on the property and also showcases the agricultural products of other local farms grown with great care right here in our community. We try our best to source as much of our meats and produce as close to our property as possible and we have developed wonderful relationships with many farms and ranches here in Lane County and around Oregon. For many of these small farms and ranches we are their largest customer and provide them with a venue to promote their products here in their own backyard.
First-class wine deserves to be paired with first-class food. I’ve always believed this and I’ve found it true the world over. Our winery is special, but its business model is similar to the other major wineries around the world. Internationally and throughout California and Washington, wineries are paired with high-end rural restaurants.
Oregon is in a global competition for wine tourism and we have a real opportunity to rise to the top. We compete for global tourists with Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Champagne, and Tuscany. We know that our wine, Oregon’s breathtaking countryside and our local foods offer an experience that few can match. We believe our winery and restaurant, are a platform and showcase for Oregon agriculture.
I am asking for your support for House Bill 3280 & Senate Bill 829 which will allow my winery and restaurant to co-exist. Please sign this petition and add your name to a list of supporters of HB 3280 and SB 829. We are not only fighting for the restaurant, but for the local farmers who supply our food and the jobs of our restaurant employees.
Thank you for your support.
King Estate is a good neighbor and valued member of the Lorane Valley community. Their certified organic restaurant and winery holds itself to the highest standards of agricultural practices. They also support many of the small farms in their community. Local farmers count King Estate among their largest customers and many would struggle without their business.
We should do more to help Oregon’s wine industry. Rural communities were among the hardest hit during the last recession and may be the slowest to recover. We can create opportunities in these communities by allowing our wineries another tool to promote their wine. This legislation will help them meet the demand for Oregon wine, compete with Washington, California and international wineries, and bring tourism dollars to our state.
Please vote yes on this important legislation.