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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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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   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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Dal Zotto Trattoria Lamb rump with tomatoes and green beans

An Italian feast

Chef Mark Manson serves up a classic Italian dish. A firm favourite on the Dal Zotto family table, why not try this local lamb dish next time you have friends over for dinner?   Lamb rump with tomatoes and green beans Ingredients Serves 6 Lamb jus 1.5kg lamb bones 2 onions 2 carrots 5 celery…

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Alfred Pizzini fly fishing on the King River

Catch of the day

As well as being home to some of Australia’s prime viticultural land, the King Valley also boasts some of the country’s best freshwater fishing. Whether you’re a keen angler or just want to cast a line with the kids, the King Valley’s pristine mountain streams, rivers and lakes are a boon for fishermen, offering abundant…

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Arnie and Jo Pizzini Chrismont King Valley

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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King Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

Local wine industry insiders reveal the secrets of this classic grape variety.   The wine: Cabernet Sauvignon   Originating in 17th-century France and synonymous with Bordeaux, cabernet sauvignon has found a home in many of the world’s greatest wine regions. The small-berried grapes produce a full-bodied red wine, rich and savoury, with excellent ageing potential.…

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