King Valley Stories

Tastes like home

Winemaking traditions that began around the family table now make world-class wines on the King Valley. Linda Newton, one of the second generation at La Cantina Wines, can pinpoint the exact moment when her father, Gino Corsini, who had grown up making wine with his father and grandfather in Tuscany, decided to make his King…

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Celebration of art in the King Valley

The Prosecco will be flowing when the King Valley Art Show celebrates its 20th birthday this year. Over the last two decades the art show has grown into a significant annual event attracting over 400 entries and including many major artists in the mix. It’s the home of artwork in the King Valley, offering a…

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Wine in the blood

Growing up on the vineyards has inspired these three winemakers to pave their own path. Joel, Carlo and Alfred Pizzini Glen Merkel The Brown Family “Winemaking was my ticket to stay on the farm.” When Joel Pizzini stood on tiptoes, peeking over the fence at his grandfather brewing a batch of homemade wine, he never…

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Sweet rewards

Josie Politini is one of the King Valley’s culinary treasures, cooking and sharing food that is true to her Sicilian roots. Josie (Giuseppina) is the matriarch of the Politini family, who have been growing grapes and making wine in the King Valley for more than 25 years. Arriving in Australia from the small Sicilian town…

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Create your own path

Prosecco is renowned in Italy as the drink for every occasion – fresh, uncomplicated, even joyful sparkling wine. In my circle of friends, it is called upon when we have had a win at work, or a more challenging day with the children. It is equally suited to poached eggs and smoked trout at brunch…

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Valley comes together around wine

The King Valley follows the path of the King River, from its upper reaches in the Alpine National Park, due north to Wangaratta. But it may be wine as much as water that flows through this region. Fertile soil and gentle slopes, river flats and crisp, cool climates have allowed grape growers to establish a…

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48 hours in the King Valley

‘When it comes to Italian varietals, I’m like a moth to a flame and the King Valley is my favourite region to burn two days.’   By Charley May for www.vinomofo.com.au   Just 3.5 hours from Melbourne, I’m poppin’ prosecco, learning how to cook like nonna and sippin’ sangiovese over a perfect sunset before camping…

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Keeping the faith

Chrismont’s story is one of perseverance and continual reinvention, which has culminated in the recent opening of their spectacular cellar door, restaurant and larder. Losing three vintages out of six might cause less stoic families to rethink their plans, but not Arnie and Jo Pizzini of Chrismont. “We lost our entire vintage due to the…

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