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King Valley

This is a diverse region that follows the King River through north-east Victoria. These valleys are filled with stories of determination, resilience and innovation, as pioneering Italian immigrants turned from tobacco to grapes in the early 1980s. The varieties they planted were based on demand at the time: riesling, chardonnay, shiraz and merlot, alongside pinot grigio and sangiovese. This has since expanded into a dress circle of Italian varieties. In recent years, prosecco has become synonymous with King Valley. And while it might seem like big business, behind the iconic brands are hard-working, passionate family wineries.
Nicole Bilson

Image of Pizzini Wines by Catherine Sutherland.

Pizzini Wines

Star Cellar Door

(03) 5729 8278
pizzini.com.au

The Pizzini Wines cellar door effortlessly encompasses the fun and celebration of great wine and food. There is something for everyone. An expansive range of estate-grown varieties are available and the complementary experiences are worth booking. Learn about wine pairing, journey through the vineyards and barrel room, taste through back vintages, or spend a morning making pasta at A tavola! Cooking School. It’s a family affair. Founder Alfredo (Fred) is still very much involved in winemaking and viticulture. His wife and co-founder, Katrina, runs the cooking school. Second-generation winemaker Joel Pizzini grew up in these vineyards and his tours demonstrate an intimate knowledge of the vines. The Pizzinis’ joy in sharing wine and food is infectious. Make sure you allow enough time to explore all that they have to offer. NICOLE BILSON

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2018 Pizzini Forza di Ferro Sangiovese, A$55

Chrismont Wines
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR &
BEST ACCOMMODATION

(03) 5729 8220
chrismont.com.au

Darling Estate Wines
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

0450 191 474
darlingestate.com.au

Dal Zotto Wines
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE &
BEST ADDITIONAL CELLAR DOOR EXPERIENCE (Cento Passi Experience)

(03) 5729 8321
dalzotto.com.au

Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD

(03) 5720 5547
brownbrothers.com.au