STEVE THOMSON

King Estate Winery


A native of the Chicago area, Steve discovered an interest in wine while working in the restaurant business and pursuing a degree in business from the University of Illinois. During a 15 year restaurant career which took him from Illinois to Wisconsin and then Kansas City and St. Louis Missouri, he was the general manager of two Mobil 4 star restaurants, and a food and beverage director for a major hotel company, also directing the company’s corporate wine program.

Steve’s food and beverage career began to take an increasing shift toward wine, and the opportunity to work to help startup a top wine wholesale company came along. From 1991 to 1998 Steve worked for Griesedieck Imports in Missouri, first as a wine sales manager mentored by Doug Frost MW, MS, and then as General Sales Manager. Eventually Greisedieck Imports became part of the Glazer’s Family of Companies. In 1999 Steve had the opportunity to become the Southeast Regional Manager for King Estate which he had sold as a wholesaler since its inception. Relocating to Atlanta, he managed 19 state markets for the winery. In January of 2001, Steve was promoted to the position of Director of Sales.

As Director of Sales, Steve manages all domestic and international sales from the winery and in the field. He believes in focusing not just on cultivating new sales, but on developing and maintaining great relationships throughout the King Estate trade channel–from the wholesale distributor to retailer to consumer.

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