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Pinot Grigio

  Here in the King Valley, we make a bellissimo Pinot Grigio Wondering about the difference between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris? Both are made from the same grape, with different winemaking styles from two wine-loving cultures: Gris is French, while Grigio is Italian and very popular in the King Valley..   Peter Corsini, grape-grower…

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Tasting the sweet life

‘I’d love to say I’m here to improve my wine knowledge, but really, I just want to over-indulge in good food, and spend lazy mornings in bed and afternoons drinking prosecco, that celebratory Italian sparkling wine known for la dolce vita– the sweet life.’   By Kerry van de Jagt for www.traveller.com.au   Here in the…

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A good blend

Local wine-lover, Brenda Pomponio, shares her special King Valley experience, capturing the year that was in her very own wine blend. Lab coats, test tubes, bottles of deep red liquid – the scene was our first clue that blending a great wine variety is one big science experiment. It was my birthday and, to celebrate,…

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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

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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