Whether you’re planning a long winery road trip, or a quick immersion in La Dolce Vita, we’ve lined up a selection of charming accommodation choices for you.
Casolare at Politini Wines
Casolare might mean ‘little house in the country’, but throw open the double doors to find that the soul of this place is as big as they come.
The two-bedroom cottage that was once the Politini family home is now a fully renovated weekend home for your family.
What you’ll love: Wander over to the cellar door to grab a bottle of Vermentino or Pinot Grigio to sip on the cottage’s sun-filled decking.
While you’re staying: Get to know the locals around the valley. “It’s really nice when you’re travelling through the valley and you see this community spirit,” says Sonia Politini.
The newest accommodation in the King Valley, Lusso, is Italian for luxury.
“People love the luxurious details like the open plan living and double-sided fireplace,” says co-founder Trent Crothers of the impressive, architecturally designed space.
What you’ll love: The accommodation itself is set in an original tobacco kiln. “We wanted to honour the tobacco-growing history of the King Valley,” Trent says.
While you’re staying: Enjoy an enchanted evening under the stars, keeping warm by the fire pit.
The clear moonlight is the inspiration behind Casa Luna, which means ‘house of the moon’ and is made up of four couple-sized suites.
But it’s the full experience that you’ll want to stay here for, from nearby wineries to the onsite dining and relaxation.
What you’ll love: “Our guests love the country views over the creek, paddocks, hills and the vines,” says owner Gwenda Canty.
While you’re staying: Enjoy dinner at Casa Luna – all cooked on the wood-fired oven and grill, and served al fresco. “We feature local produce, like Milawa chicken, High Country walnuts and Tolpuddle goats’ cheese (from Tarrawingee),” Gwenda says.
Lindenwarrah at Milawa
Treat yourself to a classic escape.
This majestic country house has been listed as one of Australia’s best regional hotels, with 40 rooms that look out over manicured gardens.
What you’ll love: Lindenwarrah has all the facilities you’d expect from a beautiful boutique hotel, including an outdoor pool, indoor spa suites and acclaimed Restaurant Merlot.
While you’re staying: Explore Milawa: visit the famous cheese factory and wineries, stop in at farm gates.
Pizzini Vineyard Guesthouse
This delightful vineyard cottage lies deep in the King Valley.
With two bedrooms (one queen and a twin single), it’s perfect for a couple or family to call home for the weekend – complete with the finishing touches that are synonymous with the Pizzini name.
What you’ll love: An egg and bacon breakfast is all yours, thanks to the complimentary hamper in the cottage.
While you’re staying: “We have bikes so that our guests can explore the loveliest parts of the King Valley,” says Katrina Pizzini, “and we’ve got fishing rods for those who want to go down to the river.”
Rewind to classic pub-style accommodation straight from the turn of the century.
The Moyhu Hotel is the place to indulge in that cosy, country atmosphere, all topped off with delicious food. “It’s classic, fresh country pub fare, with a definite focus on fresh produce,” says Melissa Merkel, co-owner of the hotel.
What you’ll love: “There’s a great communal area that looks out towards the back courtyard and big river red gum; it’s a really peaceful spot,” Melissa says
While you’re staying: The hotel is also the home of Merkel Wines’ cellar door, so tasting a Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon is a must.
Set among the Chrismont vines, this Tuscan-inspired guesthouse showcases the winemakers’ knack for hospitality.
“Every day I have new neighbours!” laughs co-founder Jo Pizzini of the generous villa with three queen-sized bedrooms.
What you’ll love: “Our most popular package is the gourmet breakfast package,” says Jo. “We leave a lovely assortment of breakfast items there for you to enjoy each morning.”
While you’re staying: The guesthouse is a stone’s throw from the cellar door and restaurant, makingit easy to meander in for a long lunch before exploring the region.