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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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The ultimate comfort food

This meal was served in the historic Brown family home, over a conversation about the King Valley homeland. The old brick homestead has long held the role of welcoming visitors to the Brown Brothers estate, just as its owners have for 128 years. “The house was built by my great-grandfather in the 1920s,” Caroline Brown…

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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. “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 imagined he’d one day be doing the same thing –…

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John and Christine at Koombahla tree at Darling Estate

The majestic Koombahla

Koombahla by name and magnificent by nature, it doesn’t get any better than sipping under the shade of Australia’s largest brittle gum makes the perfect spot for sipping. At Darling Estate, the specialties are Riesling, Bordeaux variety reds and – surprisingly – a unique tree that stands guard over the vines that grow your tipple.…

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Sangiovese is the quintessential King Valley red wine. With its characteristic savoury flavours of dark cherry and spices, fine tannins and cleansing acidity, sangiovese (pronounced san-jo-vay-zee) is best served with hearty food and conversation. And that’s just the way we like it.   Marco Martinelli, award-winning grower Sangiovese needs more attention than other grape varieties.…

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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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King Valley Prosecco is bubbling to the top. Pioneered in Australia by the winemaking families of the king valley, prosecco is a delicious sparkling wine that hails from the Veneto in northeast Italy. It’s a delightful, affordable drink that’s riding high on a deserved wave of popularity. Michael Dal Zotto, winemaker We’ve been making Prosecco…

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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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