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KING VALLEY

From farming mainly tobacco since the 1880s, King Valley was replanted to vineyards by local Italian families in the 1970s. Then came experimentation with an array of varieties. Since Otto Dal Zotto first planted prosecco back in the late 1990s, the local winemaking community has warmly embraced the style, so much so that Prosecco Road was launched: a tasting trail that celebrates the fizz in all its guises. But King Valley is more than prosecco, with winemakers producing great example of sangiovese, shiraz and nebbiolo and much more. Marcus Best

Image of Chrismont by Matthew Mallett Photography.

CHRISMONT

Star Cellar Door

(03) 5729 8220
chrismont.com.au

Jo and Arnie Pizzini have created a stunning cellar door and restaurant experience. Perched high on the hill, the impressive entrance opens to spectacular views across vineyards and distant ranges. The seated tastings inside are relaxed and informed, with a selection including European (Chrismont label) and Mediterranean (La Zona label) varieties. Among them, an early-drinking nebbiolo, a dark savoury sagrantino and a deep-red plum marzemino. These all pay homage to Arnie and Jo’s Italian heritage. Marzemino is special though: a rare northern variety grown in Trentino, home to Arnie’s roots. Post-tasting, have lunch on the large deck to enjoy the vista and the fine food and service on offer. Stay overnight in one of their cosy Tuscan-inspired villas nestled close to the vines. There you are just minutes from Paradise Falls and nearby secret swimming holes. 

TOP DROP: 2016 Chrismont La Zona Sagrantino, A$30

DAL ZOTTO
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR

(03) 5729 8321
dalzotto.com.au

KING RIVER ESTATE
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

0422 288 871
kingriverestate.com.au 

SAM MIRANDA
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD

(03) 5727 3888
sammiranda.com.au

PIZZINI
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

(03) 5729 8278
pizzini.com.au

BROWN BROTHERS
BEST ADDITIONAL CELLAR DOOR EXPERIENCE (Ballooning, Slow Lunch & Cellar Tour)

(03) 5720 5500
brownbrothers.com.au 

POLITINI WINES
Cellar Door with Best Accommodation

0418 574 455
politiniwines.com.au

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