Queen's Birthday Weekend

Saturday 9 + Sunday 10 June 2018

A feast for all the senses!

The Queen's Birthday Weekend is the perfect time to visit the King Valley. Winemaking families of the region open their cellar doors for a celebration of the season – think open fires, warming winter reds, feasts of pizza, pasta and porchetta. There’s live music, markets of local produce and handmade goods and long walks to be taken in the crisp, cool air.

 

Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley

Brown Brothers

As part of the inaugural King Valley Balloon Festival, join us at the Brown Brothers Night Glow for an exciting evening, like never before seen in Milawa!

Grab a glass of mulled wine, some warming wintry foods and watch the balloons light up around you on Brown Brothers Milawa Airfield. Live music by Cutest Little Monster.

Saturday 9th June, 4pm - 7.30pm.

$10pp, children play free.

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Dal Zotto

The Dal Zotto Wines June Festival transforms the winery into it's own 'Little Italy in Whitfield'.

Sit outside while you sip on new-release wines, and feast on the famous pizza and cicchetti. Be entertained by Paris Zachariou, and let the kids play until they drop.

Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

$25pp ticket includes Dal Zotto wine glass to keep, complimentary glass of Dal Zotto Pink Pucino and 3 food/wine tokens (to the value of $15).

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Chrismont

Exclusive to the weekend will be a menu brimming with slow cooked, patiently braised and lovingly stirred dishes that harkens back to the family's Sicilian and Northern Italian homelands.

With dining from midday, the a la carte menu is designed to satisfy as a quick lunch or a leisurely affair, surrounded by the warmth of a magnificent open stone fireplace and unparalleled King Valley views.

Restaurant reservations are a must for this very popular weekend, so do not delay and enquire or book now.

Unfortunately, Chrismont Cellar Door is unable to accept bus groups .

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Francesco

In Frank and Maria's vineyard at the very upper end of King Valley, gentle rolling hills and the crystal clear river protect the vineyards through warm, clear days and cool evenings.

Join the family for traditional Calabrese meals home cooked by Nonna Ciccone, classic cool-climate wine styles and freshly baked Italian biscotti. Music by Timbres on Saturday and Mediterranean Cruzo on Sunday.

Free admission.

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La Cantina

The Corsini family are ready to welcome you to their Tuscan-style cellar door at La Cantina this long weekend.

The range of wines are traditionally made, with no preservatives added, and includes interesting styles such as Saperavi and Dolcettto - superb with the homemade Italian food on offer.

Leticia Box-Corsini, winemaker Gino’s grand-daughter, will entertain the audience with her incredible vocal talent.

Enjoy strolling through the market, browsing local produce and handmade goods on Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 5pm.

Free admission.

Pizzini

Sangiovese e Salsicce weekend includes a long lunch on Saturday plus the option to enjoy an antipasto platter or lunch with a glass of wine in the Cellar Door grounds both Saturday and Sunday.

Be entertained by Wally Howlett on Saturday and Maurice Milani and the Rumor and Bric Brac on Sunday.

Open 10am - 5pm both Saturday and Sunday.

$15pp, children play free.

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Politini

The Politini family are looking forward to a weekend of celebration!

Enjoy a delicious hearty menu - dishes include Nonna's Sicilian style arancini, salsiccie, slow cooked osso buco and mediterranean seafood platters. Espresso coffee, cannoli and biscotti available all-day long.

Live music by Luke Dewing on Saturday and Sunday, and Salvatore on the piano accordion.

$10pp entry includes souvenir glass, tastings, a bottle of water and online vouchers. Children play free.

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Sam Miranda

Sam Miranda is all about Italian style that are savoury, easy to drink and compliment the local, seasonal produce.

Grab a glass of mulled wine and take in the gorgeous King Valley views framed by gum trees at the cellar door.

Enjoy pizza in the piazza outdoors or a modern Italian feast in the restaurant.

Free admission, $15pp tasting fee.

Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley

Symphonia

This boutique winery pioneers cool climate alternative varietals from eastern and western Europe, including Petit Manseng, Saperavi and Tannat.

For the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, indulge in warming comfort food including barbecue delights and cheese fondue by pre-order, luscious dessert and wines to suit intrepid palates.

Warm yourself by the fire or play a game of croquet as you sip on the beautiful one of a kind Quintus or taste the latest releases.

A shed clearance will take place over the weekend with some wonderful deals on great wines.

Free admission.

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King Valley Balloon Festival

The King Valley Balloon Festival will see a mass of hot air balloons floating over this beautiful region.

Taking off from Milawa and Whitfield, pilots will take advantage of prevailing winds to guide the balloons over vineyards and between mountain ranges, following the clear, cool King River. The misty mornings of winter make the vision even more magical.

Join the local community for an early morning barbecue and watch the takeoff Saturday, Sunday or Monday morning.

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King Valley Art Show

The King Valley Art Show is a popular event known for its high quality, affordable art. With over 400 artworks in a range of styles, you are sure to find something you like.

Be inspired by the incredible variety of works by a mix of local, well known and emerging artists. Choose a truly unique souvenir of the King Valley to take home and treasure.

Hosted by King River Brewing over the Queen's Birthday Weekend, there are plenty of cellar doors, galleries and spectacular scenery to enjoy along the way.

Visit the cellar doors of the King Valley

All the cellar doors of the King Valley are open on the Queen's Birthday weekend. Entry fees and group booking policies apply at some venues. Please drive responsibly, and check with wineries if you plan to visit in a bus.

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Getting here

The Hume Freeway, the Maroondah and Midland Highways, and the Great Alpine Road feed into the region – the journey from Melbourne is a comfortable 3 hours, or 4 hours from Canberra. All roads leading to the region are sealed, and offer spectacular views.

Albury Airport facilitates daily flights between Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane, operated by Qantas Link, REX, Virgin Airlines and JETGO. All major rental car agencies are based at the airport. Wangaratta railway station is on the main Sydney-Melbourne rail link.

Staying here

For details of accommodation in the area, visit www.visitkingvalley.com.au or contact Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre on FREECALL 1800 801 065.

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