The Region

KING VALLEY

WINE HEROES

PROSECCO
Originating in the cool alpine climate of Veneto in north-east Italy, Prosecco is a light and lively sparkling wine with a dry finish and a fresh fruit flavour through the mid palate. King Valley is the first region to produce an Australian-made premium prosecco. Its refreshing flavour makes Prosecco an uplifting aperitivo with olives or cured meats or perfect partner to Asian dishes or seafood starters.
SANGIOVESE
Sangiovese is the main grape of the great Chianti Classicos of Tuscany, one of the Italian varieties which KingValley grape growers have planted with relish.The KingValley now leads the way as Australia’s premier region for this red wine, a reputation that grows with every vintage, reflecting the great passion for creating wines to enjoy with good friends and food. The wine shows savoury, dark cherry flavours and earthy characters with fine tannins and cleansing acidity.

ALTITUDE

155 - 860m

The valley’s continental climate provides warm days and cool nights, influenced by the katabatic breeze that sweeps northward down the valley from the high country. A range of microclimates are available from the slightly warmer valley floors to the bracingly cool upper slopes. This variance in elevation is why the King Valley region can produce such a wide range of wine styles.

The King Valley Wine Region has one of the greatest concentrations of varieties of any wine region in Australia. Whilst we have an Italian bias reflecting our region’s history, King Valley varietals also include premium traditional cool climate wines.

The King Valley in North East of Victoria follows the King River, flowing from its upper reaches in the Alpine National Park, due north to the Rural City of Wangaratta. The valley ranges from a broad river basin in the north around Milawa and Moyhu, to the ranges in the extreme south peaking at over 800m.

There is an abundance of suitable land, with most vineyards established on relatively gentle slopes, typically facing north and north east. Notably, the King Valley is one of the highest altitude grape growing regions in Australia. The soil is mostly a deep red clay loam, at times tending more to grey or brown in colour, but having the same structure.

LOCATION

36º21'S

146º19'E

Wine Styles

ARNEIS

Relatively new to the valley, producing an un-oaked wine with a profusion of flavour possibilities including citrus, ripe pears, apple and lime.

CHARDONNAY

The valley’s most widely planted and popular white grape variety, used for sparkling wines and wood aged dry whites, varying from rich and opulent through to the more restrained styles.

PINOT GRIGIO / GRIS

One of the newer varieties in the valley, producing a delightfully spicy wine with flavour nuances varying from pear to spiced apple custard to toasted almonds.

PROSECCO

An Italian variety from northern Italy used for producing a much loved aromatic sparkling wine.

VERMENTINO

An aromatic Italian variety from Liguria and Sardinia. Reminiscent of Riesling with lemon citrus characters.

SAVIGNAN

Just when we were getting used to enjoying Albarino, DNA testing revealed the true identity of this white grape. Still tastes just the same – fresh and zippy with a citrus expression on the finish – but the pedigree has moved from Spain to France.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

There are more plantings in the valley of this variety than any other, and for good reason. The wines display classic mint and blackcurrant flavours and blossom beautifully with ageing.

BARBERA

Distinctly Italian, of savoury blackberry and herb flavours with natural acidity.

MARZEMINO

A spicy Italian with a hint of violets behind the summer berries.

NEBBIOLO

A wine with generous tannins and acid underlying the cherry, rose, and strawberry tart flavours. A reputation for being a long-lived wine.

PINOT NOIR

The upper reaches of the valley in particular provide fruit that is steeped in flavour to provide the basis for the valley’s remarkable sparkling wines.

SANGIOVESE

The valley is nationally acknowledged for its high quality Sangiovese, a medium to full- bodied red that resonates with flavours of aniseed, prune and dark cherry.

SAPERAVI

A Georgian variety of deep red colour, with blackberry, mulberry, and ripe cherry flavours. Plush tannins and good grip are indicators of ageing potential.

SHIRAZ

The French variety that Australia has made its own. King Valley styles display white pepper and spice with lifted berry and ripe plum flavours.

TANNAT

A full-bodied French variety richly textured with a dense red colour. Spicy and mouth filling.

TEMPRANILLO

The main variety of Spain and one of the world’s classic grapes. It produces deeply coloured and highly flavoursome wines on a medium palate.

FOOD 

The Italian influence on the valley’s culture is never far away, lending a distinct Italian flavour to the cafes and restaurants of the region. When it comes to enjoying winery-based dining there’s some great options with Sam Miranda, Dal Zotto’s Trattoria and Brown Brothers Epicurean Centre Restaurant all offering Italian-inspired selections on their menus - seasonal and regional.

For a more hands-on experience, Katrina Pizzini’s cooking school reveals the secrets to making great Italian- inspired dishes such pasta, ravioli and gnocchi – in fact a whole dinner party.

During winter, join Salvatore Politini for traditional salami-making workshops, with bonus piano accordion recitals and Josie Politini’s renowned long lunches.

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.

King Valley Location Map